Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is made up of Nursery and Reception classes. They all follow the EYFS Curriculum, learning through purposeful play and engaging activities in indoor and outdoor classrooms.

There are 7 areas of learning which give the children broad and varied curriculum, setting firm foundations for their learning throughout their school life.

Areas of learning

3 Prime areas give them skills for learning

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

4 Specific areas give them opportunities to apply their skills, and to explore and learn further

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

Many of the Areas of Learning are interlinked and so the activities that your child will engage in will cover many areas, through just one job!

There are many different stages of development within each Area of Learning. All staff within the EYFS are able to identify learning opportunities to meet the needs of each child as an individual. Activities are planned and supported so every child will progress during their time in the EYFS. As well as planned activities we value each child's interests and ideas and we encourage child-led learning, developing their ideas into our curriculum and ensuring every moment is a learning moment.

Classes and staff organisation

Children start Nursery as soon as possible after their 3rd Birthday, as long as there is a place available. Nursery is one 3 hour session daily, either in the morning or the afternoon. There are 39 places in each Nursery session and the minimum adult to child ratio of 1:13 is maintained. Every child has a "Key Person" who takes them for small group time. The children stay in the Nursery class until they move to Reception.

Children start in Reception the September after their 4th Birthday. Reception is full time school and they will be in this class for one year. In Reception at Norton the "Key Person" is the child's class teacher. We have two 30 place classes in Reception.All the staff in EYFS at Norton are experienced and enthusiastic, they are happy to help wherever possible.

Home School Links

Wherever possible we will carry out a 'home visit' for children starting Nursery. This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet their 'Key Person' and to ask any questions you may have. We will also use this visit to complete a short entry information booklet with you.


The children are able to bring home story books to share at home each day. Each week you will receive a 'Nursery Newsletter' detailing what we are going to be focusing on during the following week. This will include ideas for, 'things to do at home'. You will also receive Newsletters relevant to the whole school.


The children will bring home a book to read each day, as well as maths Homework each Friday. You will also receive Newsletters relevant to the whole school.

Throughout your child's time in the EYFS you will have daily opportunities to speak to a member of staff, should you need to do so. You will have opportunities to attend parents evenings each term and receive a written report detailing your child's attainment at the end of each academic year. There will also be opportunities to attend 'Stay and Play' sessions. These give you the opportunity to come into school to share the learning that is going on with your child.

Before your child starts in our Reception class you will be invited to a parents' meeting to meet staff, receive information and ask any questions you may have.

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