Welcome Reception, part of the Early Years Foundation Stage at Hazlewood Community Primary School. The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for school ‘readiness’ as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.
Children’s early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences before the age of five will have a major impact on their future life chances.

We are a truly dedicated and committed team of staff who aim to work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure all children in Nursery begin to build the foundations of their learning in a safe, happy and nurturing environment. We are committed in following our school’s vision and pledges.

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Hazlewood Community Primary School seeks to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in our settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • A secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly
  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported
All development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and our provision reflects the 4 key themes:
1. Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We have four commitments for every child and they are:

Child Development

We understand that children develop in individual ways and at different rates. Every area of development –physical, cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social and emotional is equally important. We observe each child’s development and learning, embrace difference, and assess progress and then plan for their next steps.

Inclusive Practise

We hope all families feel genuinely welcome and totally accepted, regardless of their individual differences. We value all families and no child or family is discriminated against.

Keeping Safe

We protect each child’s physical and psychological well-being in order for them to develop resilience.

Health and Well-Being

We understand children’s health is an integral part of their emotional, mental, social environmental and spiritual well-being and is supported by attention to these aspects.

2. Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We ensure that all children are respected, feel valued as individuals, safe and cared for. We are sensitive and responsive to children’s needs, feelings and interests. It is also important that parents and carers are involved in their children’s learning and development. Contributions that parents make through sharing information about their child are crucial if we are to help them to become effective partners in learning.

3. Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and developing the children’s learning and development. Our environment will support children’s learning and allow them to practise their skills and develop new one. It will provide children with stimulation, challenge, opportunities to encourage independence and a positive attitude towards learning. Our indoor and outdoor environment promotes our children’s physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

4. Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways. We provide children with hands on, engaging and challenging opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development. Our aim is to ignite a passion for learning. We encourage the children to use both the indoor and outdoor classroom, offering children opportunities which allow them to become active learners and develop critical thinking.

Our curriculum and provision is centred on the concept of personalised and bespoke learning, following children’s interests and catering for the needs of each individual child. It is built on the foundations of play-based learning combined with specifically planned learning opportunities within the environment that are designed to engage children and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in seven areas of learning and development set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to enable children to fulfil their potential.


Seven Areas of Learning and Development

There are 3 Prime Areas of Learning and Development- The prime areas are most essential for children’s development and future learning because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and of life:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area is about how your child:

  • Is confident and self-assured
  • Manages their feelings and behaviour
  • Makes friends
  • Shares and takes turns
Communication and Language

This area is about how your child:

  • Listens and pays attention
  • Understands what is being said
  • Communicates with others
  • Develops vocabulary and speech
Physical Development

This area is about how your child:

  • Moves and uses gross motor skills
  • Develops fine motor skills
  • Learns about healthy living
  • Manages self-care independently

There are 4 Specific Areas of Learning and Development. The specific areas provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills:


This area is about how your child:

  • Enjoys reading books
  • Likes making marks
  • Explores phonics
  • Learns to read and write

This area is about how your child:

  • Learns about numbers and counting
  • Recognises the passing of time
  • Explores measures, capacity, space and shapes.
Understanding the World

Is about how your child:

  • Finds out about nature and the world around them
  • Talks about people and their community and learns about similarities and differences
  • Learns to confidently use ICT equipment.
Exploring and using Media and Materials

Is about how your child:

  • Enjoys being creative
  • Sings, dances and makes music
  • Plays imaginatively

All of the seven Areas of Learning and Development are interconnected to the Characteristics of Effective Learning- how children learn- which are ‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Creating and Critical Thinking’. They also underpin everything we offer in the environment.

At the end of the EYFS- in the summer term of the Reception year in school- teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the Reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. Each child’s level of development is assessed against the Early Learning Goals. The Reception teacher will indicate whether children are:

  • Emerging- not yet reaching expected levels of development
  • Expected
  • Exceeding-beyond expected levels of development

The transition between the EYFS and Year 1 is seamless and enhanced by Reception and Year 1 teachers working together.

Reception Long Term Plan > Reception Timetable > Reception Spring Curriculum > Reception Summer Overview >

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