Early Years Foundation Stage at Hodge Clough

The Early Years Foundation Stage is how the government describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5.

At Hodge Clough Primary the Foundation Stage begins when your child enters the nursery and lasts until the end of Reception.


The EYFS framework is guidance for professionals working in the Early Years to help your child. In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer, with more forcus on the things that matter most. The new framework also stresses the importance of your role in helping your child develop.

How will my child learn?

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning. Initially children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

The prime areas are those most essential for healthy development and future learning.


The prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.


We use these 7 areas to plan children's learning and activities. All activities are suited to your child's unique needs and interests. Foundation Stage children learn by playing and exploring, being active and curious. We encourage creative and critical thought which takes place both indoors and outside.

How can I help with my child's learning?

Everything that you do at home can support learning and development. Parents and carers are their children's first teachers. Learning can be planned or spontaneous and can happen anywhere.

Examples of activities that support learning are  - reading together, playing games, singing nursery rhymes, baking or counting trees along the street .

Communication with school  

A successful partnership between home and school is paramount in ensuring that children achieve their full potential. Early Years staff are available at both the beginning and end of each school day to communicate with. We operate an open door policy whereby hopefully and concerns, queries or information can be shared as needed.


Staff are responsible for:

  • helping to become happy, settled and safe;
  • your child's care, development and learning;
  • communicating with parents and carers and
  • noting and recording progress and sharing this with you.


We hold regular parents' evenings where attainment and progress is discussed. Children also receive a brief written termly tracker report.

At the end of each academic year you will also receive a detailed written report which documents the attainment and progress your child has made.

In the summer term of their reception year in school - teachers complete an assessment known as the EYFS Profile. This is based on what they, and other staff, have observed over a period of time. All of the information collected is used to judge how they are doing in the 7 areas of learning. This information also prepares Year 1 teachers adequately for receiving your child into their class. They will know what your child enjoys doing and does well, as well as helping them decide if your child requires additional support and what this support should be.



Further Information

You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage at www.foundationyears.org.uk


Our nursery offers both full and part time sessions. All 3 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free provision.


Some parents are eligible to access thirty free hours. 

You can now find a straightforward explanation of all government childcare support on the new Childcare Choices website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk Childcare Choices brings all the government childcare offers together for the first time, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more. Using the website’s Childcare Calculator, you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family: www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator


If parents have any issues when completing or after completing the 30 hours free childcare application via the GOV.UK website they can contact the Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 please be aware the free entitlement team is unable to help with any queries relating to the application