EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS intent statement

At Bretherton we believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in allowing all children to achieve their full, unique potential. By working in partnership with parents, we wish to encourage independent, happy learners who thrive in school and reach their full potential. Our learning environments, both inside and outside are also adapted regularly to meet the different and developing needs of the children in our care. We aim to ensure that these areas are always stimulating and exciting and that, importantly, they are accessible to all children, regardless of where they are on their learning journey. The environments are developed to promote independence within our children and allow them to access the curriculum independently and confidently with the necessary level of support and challenge.


The Early Years Foundation Stage

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) is the curriculum that the Government sets for all early years providers (0-5 years) to make sure that ‘all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe’. (Department for Education) There are 17 early learning goals to be aimed for by the end of the Reception year in school.

The Framework is divided into 3 sections;

1.  Characteristics of Learning

2.  3 prime areas of learning

3.  4 specific areas of learning



Characteristics of learning

Playing and exploring - finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to ‘have a go’.

Active Learning -  being involved and concentrating, persevering and enjoying achieving, what they set out to do.

Creating and thinking critically -  having their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.


Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development - making relationships and getting along with other children and adults, having confidence and self-awareness, and being able to manage their feelings and behaviour.

Communication and Language -  developing good listening and attention skills, to have good understanding and also speak and express themselves clearly.

Physical Development -  large and small movements in a variety of ways, having good control and co-ordination, handling different tools and equipment well. It also covers health and self-care, looking at ways to keep healthy and safe. 


Specific Areas

Literacy - stories, rhymes, books and reading, and also mark making/writing.

Mathematics -  numbers, counting, shape, space and measure.

Understanding the World -  people and communities and understanding about the world they live in, including ICT.

Expressive Arts and Design - develops different forms of expression, exploring music, dance and song, encouraging children to be creative in all respects. It also focuses on media and materials and imaginative/pretend play.


At Bretherton we plan to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that touches on all aspects across the year, based on the observations of children’s play and what their interests are. Children may achieve their early learning goals through continuous provision, as well as in the adult-led focuses and group-time work. We use both indoor and outdoor learning as an opportunity for children to explore and learn.

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