The Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5.  It details the knowledge, skills and understanding which young children should have acquired by the end of the Reception year (F2).  These are known as the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).The curriculum within the Early Years Foundation Stage is planned around four main themes:


A Unique Child

Positive Relationships

Enabling Environments

Learning and Development

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


There are seven areas of learning and development.


Personal,Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language






Understanding the World




Physical Development



Expressive Arts and Design


The characteristics of effective learning which move through all areas of learning – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

Characteristics of effective learning are:

Playing and Exploring – Engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning – Motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keep trying

Enjoy achieving what they set out to do

Creative and Thinking Critically – Thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things


In partnership with you our aim is to make your child’s time in Foundation a happy one.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to raise these with the staff who will be pleased to help.


Foundation staff have assessed the interests of their children in order to adapt their curriculum to suit the children's interests.