BerkswichCE Primary School

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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Berkswich


In their early years, children develop physically, cognitively and emotionally at a faster rate than at any other time in their lives.


At Berkswich, we strive to provide a balance of child-initiated play, with focused and structured learning, to ensure that the children enjoy learning to read, write, use numbers, think math ematically, explore their world and make creations. Through exciting topics, children are given a holistic approach to learning, where their interests and experiences are built on to provide challenge and inspiration.


Children in Nursery and Reception will have access to a rich learning environment, where opportunities and conditions allow them to flourish in all aspects of their development. This includes daily access to both indoor and outdoor areas, where activities are carefully planned to excite and motivate children in their learning. For more information about the engaging learning during the early years, please visit the Nursery and Reception class web sites. These can be accessed via the links at the bottom of the page or via the 'Supporting Learning' tab on the main site.


We appreciate that all children are different and pride ourselves on being an inclusive school which is nurturing and has a clear focus on how individual children learn. Children with effective learning characteristics are:


  • willing to have a go
  • involved and concentrate
  • able to have their own ideas
  • able to choose ways to do things
  • able to find new ways of doing things
  • clearly enjoying achieving what they set out to do. ​


At the end of the Reception Class, children are expected to achieve the seventeen Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Please see below to download the Skills Map for ELG. As children move through Nursery and Reception years, we build up to these goals by working through their age-related expectations. These begin from birth and are grouped in months as follows: Birth to 11 months; 8 to 20 months; 16 to 26 months; 22 to 36 months; 30 to 50 months; and 40 to 60 months.


To read the Development Matters document, which includes the Early Learning Goals and age related expectation bands, please also click on the download button tonight. For more information about Early Years, then please look at the Foundation Years website, where there is much information, including parent forums.