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Early Years Foundation Stage

"Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.
Children develop quickly in the early years, and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.
Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up."



The EYFS aims to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in all early years settings so that all children make good progress.
  • A secure foundation through learning opportunities that are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child.
  • Partnerships between different practitioners and parents/ carers.
  • Equality of opportunity for all children, ensuring that all children are included and supported.



At Codnor Primary School, we ensure we follow specific principles which include:

  • Ensuring that children understand they are unique. All staff are aware that every child is unique and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Ensuring that children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Ensuring that children learn and develop well in an enabling environment in which they have access to a range of resources and experiences.
  • An understanding that all children are different and learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. This principle covers all children, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Children access a broad and balanced EYFS curriculum, which covers 7 areas of learning.  Within these areas of learning, there are three prime areas:

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

and four specific areas:

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

Children have the opportunity to access all areas of learning through an indoor and outdoor learning environment on a daily basis. Children are able to meet their learning potential through a balance of challenging child-initiated and adult-led activities.


Topics covered

We cover a range of exciting topics in the Early Years. Please see our class pages for more information.



Assessment in EYFS happens on a daily basis. Children are formally assessed when they enter school in order for teachers to set challenging targets. All children are assessed directly against the objectives from the EYFS curriculum through formal and informal written assessments and photographic evidence. These assessments allow teachers to fully understand the abilities of the children in their class in order to maximise learning in a fun, yet challenging way. Assessment in EYFS is essential to ensure we are able to individualise learning for every child.


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Class Page

If you would like to see our EYFS class pages, please click the link below.