How we support your child's learning and development


There are seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS through which your child will be gaining knoledge, learning skills and showing understanding. These areas form the basis of the activities we provide for your child, alongside thier unique interests and needs and enable us to plan for thier progress.


Prime areas of learning and development

  • Communication and language

  • Physical Development 

  • Personal, social and emotional development.


Specific areas of learning and development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design.


These areas are connected, with learning and development in each area contributing towards that of the others. Building confidence in the prime areas of learning and development is particularly important for children, as it enables them to progress well in the specific areas of learning and delelopment. As we support your child towards achieving the early learning goals for each of these areas of learning, we aim to tailor the oppertunities we rovide to meet thier personal learning and development needs. Please note your child is not expected to reach the Early Learning goals until the end of thier time in reception class.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring (engagement)

  • Active learning (motivation)

  • Creating and thinking Critically


How we assess your child's preogress


We observe your child throughout the day to identify their interests, how they learn and their progress in each of learning and development. As you know your child best, we also want to hear your observations of your child; what he/ she likes to do at home, as well as any significant events, achievements or concerns. This assessment of your child helps us to identify and plan their next steps. in addition to our on-going observations, reviews of your child's progress will be shared with you.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will be completed by a Foundation Stage Reception Teacher when your child starts school.