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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage


‘Learning should be joyous, meaningful and relevant, young children are active learners and learn best through first hand experience. Free movement, free choice and self activity are within a framework of guidance in which the role of the adult is crucial.’

 (Tovey, 2017).


At Sacred Heart, EYFS we aim to support children in becoming confident and competent learners who reach their potential and are ready to make a seamless transition into the next stage in their learning. We achieve this through providing a happy, nurturing and safe learning environment where children are encouraged to be active learners, exploring, creating and thinking critically, being curious and developing the resilience to have a go and keep trying while learning effectively through play.


Our curriculum has been developed based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile 2021 to enable children to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding outlined in the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs).  The 3 Prime Areas,  (Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional development and Physical development) which underpin the learning that takes place in the 4 Specific Areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World,  Expressive Arts and Design). Children have a right, spelled out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.


Our curriculum is  planned creatively to encourage independence and curiosity and foster the Characteristics of Effective learning in each child (playing and exploring -  engagement; active learning- motivation and creating and thinking critically -  thinking) to support children in becoming effective and motivated learners.


More Information:

The following links and documents provide more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum that is taught at the school. These documents should be read in conjunction with the Termly Curriculum Outlines, as these provide more detailed information of the how these topics are to be taught.


Links to supporting documents or information:

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 

Development Matters

Birth to 5 Matters

White Rose Mathematics - Early Years

Master the Curriculum  Mathematics 

Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds

See About Us, School Information for Prospective Parents for a school video and more information. Our Nursery is also open all day during term time. Follow us on Twitter at @SacredHeartTedd