The Early Years Foundation Stage

We know how important the first year of school is for you and your child. To help parents of new pupils, the  Reception team or the Headteacher is able to provide a detailed description of Early Years provision.

The Reception Unit at Fenstanton and Hilton  is a learning environment which aims at all times to be happy (because we know that happy children are responsive, receptive and enthusiastic to learning) and challenging (because we know children are capable and keen to learn, and enjoy the challenge and the achievements that come with it).

Through planned, purposeful play, children are able to discover, practise and refine their skills in literacy and mathematics as well as find out about themselves and their environment. In a broad and balanced way, our provision ensures coverage of the seven areas of learning (see below) and responds to the needs and interests of all our children. At all times, we consider characteristics of effective learning which promote positive attitudes to learning, an enthusiasm for knowledge and the confidence to become successful learners.

We follow the principles set out in:

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage: setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five (Department for Education, March 2014)

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook (Standards and Testing Agency, updated annually)

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Early Education 2012)

Early Years Outcomes: a non-statutory guide for practitioners and inspectors to help inform understanding of child development through the early years (Department for Education, September 2013)

What to expect, when? - Guidance to your child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage.