Early Years Foundation Stage at Hodge Clough Primary School.

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.

At Hodge Clough Primary school the foundation stage begins when your child begins nursery and ends when they leave the reception class.


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 development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
  • 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 activity6, and to make healthy choices in relation to food
  •  Personal, social and 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

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


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

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure .

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment .

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


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.

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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 more information about the  the Early Years Foundation Stage at 





Our nursery offers both full and part time sessions. All 3 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free provision. If you would like to put your child's name down on our waiting list please telephone school on 0161 770 5790.


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