Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

St Whitwick St John the Baptist, the 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. 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: children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’,

Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements,

Creating and thinking critically: children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

EYFS Curriculum

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

Prime Areas:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development. Aspects: Making Relationships, Self-confidence & Self- awareness, Managing Feelings & Behaviour,

Physical Development Aspects: Moving & Handling, Health & Self-care,

Communication and Language, Aspects: Listening & Attention, Understanding, Speaking.

Specific Areas:
Literacy, Aspects: Reading & Writing,

Mathematics, Aspects: Numbers, Shape, Space & Measures,

Understanding the world, Aspects: People & Communities, The World, Technology,

Expressive Arts & Design, Aspects: Exploring & Using Media & Materials, Being Imaginative.

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.