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Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Early Years Foundation Stage

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We aim to encourage and support young children to:

  • Become confident, independent and  aspirational
  • Form and maintain positive relationships, work collaboratively and become valued members of the community
  • Take responsibility for themselves, each other and their environment
  • Question, challenge and solve problems creatively
  • Know their strengths and become confident to take risks
  • Know that their ideas will be heard and respected, and that they can make a difference
  • Enjoy success and celebrate personal achievements, and take pleasure in the successes and achievements of others


Our practice is guided by the four principles of the EYFS Framework:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

Young children learn through seeing, hearing and doing. They are researchers who explore, test their ideas, solve problems and try to make sense of their world.  The intent of our Early Years Foundation Stage – across all 3 settings, Stepping Stones (our setting for 2 year olds), Foundation 1 (nursery for 3 to 4 year olds) and Foundation 2 (Reception) is to ensure that every child is supported and encouraged to enjoy learning, be confident to take risks, ask questions and understand that misunderstandings and uncertainties are part of real learning.

Our EYFS practitioners understand the need to meet the individual needs of all children and plan learning experiences which are challenging but achievable, and which build on children’s interests, strengths and questions.  They also understand that young children need time and space to learn effectively and, therefore, each child is given opportunities to repeat, revisit and reflect on previous experiences. Play underpins the delivery of the EYFS and the children have opportunities to explore and extend development and learning through their own interests both inside and outside.

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