What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. Reception is the final year of the EYFS.

The curriculum for the EYFS should underpin all future learning by promoting children’s development in the 7 areas of learning which are:

The Three Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Four Specific Areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will support your child by ensuring that the activities are suited to their unique needs. This is similar to the curriculum in primary school but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that we can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.

Progress, examples of work and observations are noted and recorded throughout the year. At New End parents receive a portfolio of their child’s work at the end of Reception, and an end of year report informing them of their child’s progress in the 7 areas.

Explaining the Early Years Assessment Profile

Further information about the termly content is provided in Year Group Meetings and in the subsequent letters from class teachers.

For information on phonics and reading schemes used at New End, please click on the link below:

Timetables are subject to change