Early Years Foundation Stage

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.


The Early Years Foundation Curriculum at Hague is grounded in active learning and a stimulating curriculum which ignites children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:


  • communication and language

  • physical development and

  • personal, social and emotional development.


Through practical activities, purposeful play and talk, pupils develop an understanding of the world around them developing skills in:


  • literacy

  • mathematics

  • understanding the world; and

  • expressive arts and design.



The learning characteristics in Foundation Stage include:


  • playing and exploring

  • active learning

  • creating and thinking critically


Pupils are assessed against the seven areas of learning and learning characteristics using the EYFS Profile which consists of 20 items of information: the attainment of each child assessed in relation to the 17 ELG descriptors, together with a short narrative describingthe child’s three learning characteristics at the end of Reception.


The children are encouraged by the structure of the EYFS environment and by staff to build secure relationships with adults and their peers so they can be secure, confident, independent, capable and resilient. Children learn in different ways and develop at different rates and with different interests and teaching staff support children’s learning through planned play activities and extending their spontaneous play opportunities.


The Foundation Playground is a stimulating place to enjoy learning and much time is spent outdoors. Appropriate foot wear and outdoor clothing should be provided each day as pupils go out in all weathers.


Parents/carers play a major role in fostering good attitudes to learning, developing language skills and promoting good behaviour. Throughout the year there are ‘stay and play’ sessions for you and your child to develop learning characteristics together as well as learn about the curriculum in school and how you can help your child at home. We do hope you are able to attend.



Foundation Stage Profile


This is an ongoing assessment from Nursery to Reception which is collated during the final term. The aim of the assessment is to give an indication for each child’s development in the 7  specific areas. Pupil progress on the profile is discussed with the parents early in the school year and again at the end of the reception year.


For more information about the curriculum and Development Matters click here.