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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum


The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum covering children’s development form birth until the end of the Reception year. We support children to make their own play choices where teachers join in with children’s play and observe their interests to extend learning. Children also take part in adult led activities to help develop specific skills, to provide new learning experiences and to inspire new interests. The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development. These are all related to one another but divided into Prime and Specific Areas.


Prime Areas:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area involves helping children to build their self-confidence and to develop a strong sense of themselves. Children are supported to develop their social skills, to form positive relationships and respect for others. Children’s emotional well-being is nurtured by helping them to understand and manage their own feelings and behaviour.


Communication and Language

This area develops children’s confidence and skills in listening, understanding, speaking and communicating.


Physical Development

This area involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; developing their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Specific Areas:



This area focuses on learning the skills needed for reading and writing. Through a range of contexts children explore rhymes, songs, sounds, stories and mark-making opportunities.



This area supports children to develop their understanding of numbers, calculating, shape, space and measures.


Understanding The World

This area supports children to make sense of their physical world and their community. Children have opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive Arts and Design

 This area supports children in developing their creativity through exploring a range of materials and media to express themselves. Children are encouraged to explore and share their thinking, feelings and ideas in music, art, movement, role play and technology.  



Each term we will be focusing on a different enquiry question and this will become a big part of your child's learning.


Autumn 1 Enquiry Question: What makes me, me?


This half term we will be exploring everything to do with 'ourselves'. This will include learning about what we look like, similarities and differences, families and friends, where we live and lots more! We will be exploring these ideas through play based learning as well as mark making. 

For any further information on the EYFS curriculum, any member of our Nursery team would be happy to answer your questions or you can find information using the link below: