Nursery & Reception

The Foundation Stage applies to children from two years of age to the end of the reception year. In our school, children can join us the month after they turn 2 years old. (Compulsory schooling begins at the start of the term after a child’s fifth birthday.) The Foundation Stage helps to build on the child’s earliest experiences to provide a secure foundation for learning throughout their school years and beyond.

Aims of the Foundation Stage

Children joining our school have already learnt a great deal. Many have been to Doxey Nursery and a range of other settings that exist in our community. The early year’s education we offer our children is based on the following Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) principles:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments
  • Learning and development

The EYFS Learning and Development requirements guide us to look carefully at the children in our care and consider their needs and interests. By looking at their stages of development we can plan a challenging and enjoyable experience across all areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

Staff must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

"Children achieve well in the Early Years Foundation Stage well in the Early Years Foundation Stage because the adults have high expectations that they will behave, play and learn well.  Children like to learn, concentrate well and persevere to complete tasks."

Ofsted 2013


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