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Early Years Foundation Stage

Curdworth Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage. The EYFS is designed for children from birth to the end of Primary School Reception Year. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of - staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing.

The EYFS is split into four themes: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development. These four themes are the key principles that underpin effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.


Unique Child

Refers to child development, inclusive practice, keeping safe and health and wellbeing.

Positive Relationships

Refers to respecting each-other, parents as partners, supporting learning and the key person approach.

Enabling Environments

Refers to observation, planning and assessment of children, supporting every child, the learning environment and the wider context (e.g. working in partnership with other settings, professionals and community groups).

Learning and Development

Refers to play and exploration, active learning, creativity and critical thinking and areas of learning and development. Learning and development is made up of six areas.

At Curdworth Pre-School we plan our activities and experiences so that all children will have opportunities to succeed and make progress in their development and learning.

To this end we use the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage to plan activities that will develop:

Personal, Social Emotional Development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others, to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities. 

Communication and Language 

Involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves.


Involves providing children with opportunities to practice and improve skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces and measures

Understanding of the World

Understanding of the World is about how children get to know about other people, the place where they live and about all aspects of the environment and involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people , places and technology.

Physical development

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

 Literacy Involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves.  Children will be given access to a wider range of reading materials, books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest. 

Expressive Arts & Design

Involves how children experiment with media and materials finding out about their properties and modifying and manipulating them.  It includes exploring sounds, patterns and movement and different tools and techniques and about children's explorations into the world of pretence, building on their experiences of the real world and transforming them into something new - whether through role play, music, pretend play, block play or small world play or a range of other areas.

We have an excellent relationship with Curdworth Primary School. This allows for us to use their playground and hall for PE. Children can safely play outside in the attached outside play area and the newly refurbished park is only a short walk away.