Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the first years of your child's development, from birth to the end of their first year in school. The emphasis is on learning through play, in a safe and secure environment.

At Abercrombie we work together to plan and offer interesting and fun activities for the children. The staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and every child is given the support and opportunity to learn and develop at their own pace.

Abercrombie Nursery children are very much a part of our school community. They sometimes take part in school assemblies and always participate in concerts. Through the curriculum they learn to work together, share ideas, equipment and to build good relationships with other children and adults.

 Our Reception class is a mixture of children who have come from our nursery and from other local nursery providers. As with Nursery, the children in Reception are very much a part of our school community. They participate in some assemblies from September and we gradually increase this until they are fully involved in whole school events such as assemblies and playtimes. They perform in school concerts and have their first experience of a school trip this year!

At Abercrombie we enjoy working in partnership with parents to ensure the best education for each child in our care. We use Tapestry, a secure online learning journal, to share the children's achievements with parents and we encourage parents to also upload photographs and videos of their child. We run termly 'stay and plays' in Nursery and Reception. Parents are encouraged to come into Reception's weekly library session, where the children can borrow a book from the school library. 



Abercrombie's Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

More information about the Early Years Foundation Stage

Long term plans for Nursery and Reception 

At Abercrombie we follow the government publication Development Matters to ensure that the children have access to a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum. 

In addition to the 17 areas of learning detailed in Development Matters, we also encourage your child's development in the three ‘characteristics of effective learning’. These are:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically.

More details can be found about the 'characteristics of effective learning' in the Development Matters document, below. Underneath that is a parent's guide to your child's learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

We hope that you find this page useful for finding out about what to expect when your child starts at Abercrombie Nursery and Primary School. Please do ring or visit the school if you have any further questions.