Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Cliff Park Infant we believe that children in the EYFS need to experience a wide variety of first hand, practical learning opportunities to enable them to develop to their full potential. We aim to provide a secure, enjoyable and caring educational environment where each and every child feels valued. We work hard to create continuity between any pre-school experiences, and our Reception Classes so that children can build on skills already developed and follow routines that flow with their needs and with which they feel safe and confident throughout their Early Years, in preparation for their future years in school.

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill 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.”

         (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2012)

Our curriculum is planned following the guidance from the Department for Education “Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage”, taking account of the children’s needs and interests. Click here to download this document.


Work for the Reception Year focuses on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The seven areas of learning which comprise the curriculum for children aged between 0 and 5 years are:

The Prime Strands

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

The Specific Strands

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

Work towards the Early Learning Goals is planned in short themes based on the children’s interests and fascinations such as transport, people who help us and animals. The children are taught through a carefully balanced provision of Adult Led and Child Initiated playful learning sessions. Children have access to a range of carefully selected resources to enhance their learning, including free-flow access to the outdoor environment throughout the day, in all weathers. More structure is introduced towards the end of the year to help the children transfer to Year One successfully.

Careful planning ensures a broad and balanced range of work for the children based on good early years practice. Work dovetails into the early stages of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1, so that children can progress naturally to work within the first National Curriculum level when they are ready.

Opportunities are provided for the children to meet the expectations laid out in the document “Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage”. This non-statutory guidance material supports practitioners in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS. Click here to download this document.

We will:

  • Provide a happy, caring, secure environment where children feel valued
  • Build on what our children already know and can do and provide new and exciting experiences that challenge, develop and stimulate their thinking
  • Provide a rich and stimulating and aesthetically pleasing learning environment that is committed to raising standards
  • Develop parents as partners, parents are a child’s first educator we aim to ensure parents are involved in their child’s learning
  • Promote self-esteem and independence through praise and celebration of achievements
  • Ensure that no child is excluded or disadvantaged
  • Offer a structure for learning that has a range of starting points, matches the needs of all children and provides opportunity for learning both indoors and outdoors

We will deliver a curriculum that supports, fosters and promotes children’s:

  • social skills
  • attention skills, persistence and a positive attitude to learning
  • language and communication
  • mathematical skills
  • knowledge and understanding of the world
  • physical development
  • creative development

These encompass the Early Learning Goals set out by the Department For Education.

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