The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

Our Curriculum

In the Foundation Stage at Saxilby our aim is to provide a secure and stimulating environment, where children are motivated to become independent learners and thinkers with high expectations. We recognise that your child is unique and we do our best to ensure that your child makes the most of his or her abilities.

In the Foundation Stage we learn through child-initiated play and adult-directed small group activities. All activities are planned to incorporate objectives from the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum. The classrooms have access to a large outdoor classroom where both child initiated and focussed learning happens daily. The foundation stage curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication, language and literacy
  • mathematical development
  • knowledge and understanding of the world
  • physical development
  • creative development

One experience may provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of competencies, skills and concepts across several areas of learning.

EYFS Overview

RWI Parent Workshop 2015

RWI Phonics Information Sheet

Early Number Workshop

Guidance of Speech, Language and Communication



Useful Websites:

The Communication Trust



Reception & Young Explorers – Lot’s of fun!

Wow! We have been so busy. We have been on a train ride, bought fruit and veg from our local shop, visited the post office and have had a brisk walk around the village (in the rain)! We have also learnt about transport and have researched what types of transport we have in our village. Choo Choo! We... Read more »

Young Explorers

Our Young Explorers have been learning all about changes! We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar which made us think about how some animals change into something completely different. We extended our learning into lots of different areas of the curriculum and created beautiful symmetrical butterfly patterns in our Creation Station. We even learnt... Read more »
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