Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Whitwick St John the Baptist, our EYFS provision is driven by our vision of ‘Grow, Achieve, Bloom, Repeat'.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provides children with a positive, successful, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate learning experience, in a safe, healthy and secure environment. 

We develop children’s self-confidence and independence as well as increasing their respect for themselves and others. In addition, we develop positive attitudes towards learning where children demonstrate curiosity, persistence and self-motivation.

We promote children’s appreciation of their own achievements and that of others. 

Planning and Teaching

In planning and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn and support these in our practice. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

Playing and exploring,

Active learning,

Creating and thinking critically.

EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning:

Prime Areas: Personal, Social & Emotional Development;  Physical Development; and Communication and Language.


Specific Areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; and Expressive Arts & Design.

Foundation Stage Leader

Miss Webster

Miss Webster ensures that all the aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum content are identified and taught.


Miss Webster reviews the knowledge progression maps and medium term plans for Foundation Stage to ensure that pupils’ learning becomes increasingly more challenging as they move through the Foundation Stage, and to maintain an overview of standards within Foundation Stage both in FS1 (Pre-School) & FS2.  


Miss Webster also produces an annual action plan for Foundation Stage; supports the writing of medium-term plans; analyses the standards within the Foundation Stage; provide or signposts staff towards training and resources; and engages in developmental work and research projects with external colleagues.