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What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?


Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. What is the EYFS Framework – why do we have one? The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents. 


Learning in the Early Years


At Dorothy Barley Infant and Nursery School we believe that Play and Learning are the same for young children.  Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a place where children:



Problem Solve


Make Friends




Take Risks

And Express Themselves


through child initiated and adult led practical activities.  We have indoor and outdoor spaces that are treated as classrooms for learning.  Adults take an active role in facilitating learning with all children in the setting.  The environment is thoughtfully set up with children’s learning, interests, and next steps in mind.  This enables children to challenge themselves, collaborate with adults and peers, and practice learned skills.



Adult Led Learning


In Nursery children are involved in adult led learning within small key worker groups.  The activities provided cover the breadth of learning that is found in the EYFS Statutory Framework.  The skills and knowledge instilled can then be practised in the ‘free-flow’ which is the child’s opportunity for child-initiated learning.  The adult led activities in Nursery are short, stimulating, and active for our youngest children.


In Reception children will continue to learn with adults in small groups but they will also spend time in larger class size groups as well.  The length of time spent in these groups starts to increase as children develop and mature in their Reception year.  Free-flow is still a significant part of the Reception child’s day as we believe it helps them to consolidate their learning. 

Information for Families Stating in Reception or Nursery

How my child will be learning

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development

Recent Parent Information Meetings for Reception

Recent Nursery Information Parent Meetings