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Foundation Stage Team

EYFS Intent Statement

At Northfield Primary School we value the importance of early years’ education and recognise that quality teaching and learning in the early years can have a massive impact on children’s future success.

We plan topics and activities that engage children and give them key vocabulary, skills and knowledge to support their learning. We quickly move children on from their starting points and provide a platform for future learning in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.


We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in their school life both intellectually and emotionally and the support that enables them to reach their full potential. We aim to support each child’s welfare, learning and development needs by:-

- providing a happy, caring, safe and secure environment for learning, which meets the individual needs and interests of the children.

- developing positive and supportive relationships between children and adults.

- providing a high quality curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.

- encouraging the children to become aware of moral, social and British values.

- encouraging children to become self-motivated and independent learners with a positive attitude to learning and self-discipline.

- teaching children to value the cultural diversity within our school, local community, country and world.

- fostering positive home school links and share a common senses of purpose with parents.

- developing children’s understanding of social skills and the codes of behaviour required for people to work harmoniously together.

- by recognising that all children are unique and special by understanding that they all develop in individual ways and rates.


Parent/carers and children are encouraged to visit the Foundation Unit prior to making a decision about enrolment.

We are an ‘open’ establishment and visits can be undertaken at any time.

Please ring the school office to arrange a time.


Once you have applied for a place at our Nursery you will be contacted the term before your child is due to start by a member of Nursery staff and will be asked to preference the session that is best for your child. We offer morning sessions or afternoon sessions and have a very limited 30 hour spaces. Please be aware that your preference cannot be guaranteed as places are offered on a first come first served basis until each session is full. 


For more information on admissions please see 




Home Visits

F1 (Nursery)

Prior to children starting in Nursery we try and arrange a home visit in order for new children and their families to get to know members of Nursery staff and gain information about the school and Nursery in their own familiar surroundings. At the home visit dates for Stay and Play sessions are arranged for children to come and visit Nursery. 


F2 (Reception)

We try to do a home visit to any children joining F2 who have not attended our Nursery prior to them starting in September. This gives the class teachers and children an opportunity to get to know each other a little before they start full time school in September. During this visit we will invite children to come to school for a transition visits. 



Timings of a day in Foundation Stage 2021/22

F1 (Nursery)

F2 (Reception)

Our Curriculum

The Foundation Stage begins when your child reaches the age of three, and finishes at the end of the academic year in which they reach the age of five.  At Northfield, children enter the Foundation Stage the term after their third birthday (if places are available) for either 5 afternoons or 5 morning sessions or 30 hours if places are available and you are eligible.. Your child will embark upon full time education at the beginning of the academic year in which they reach their fifth birthday.


The Foundation Stage is important in its own right; the curriculum for the Foundation Early Years Foundation Stage is designed to meet the diverse needs of all children, enabling most to achieve the Early Learning Goals, and, where appropriate, go beyond.  Children aged three to five constantly encounter new experiences and seek to understand them, extending their skills, developing confidence and building on what they already know.  Children deepen their understanding through playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting, and responding to adults and to each other. Structured and well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is the key to learning with enjoyment and challenge. At Northfield we strive to provide the best possible start to your child’s school life. 


The Foundation Stage Curriculum is arranged in seven areas of learning:


Three prime areas

  • Personal social and emotional development;

  • Communication and language

  • Physical Development


And four specific areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive art and design


At Northfield we believe that childhood is a time of play, and through play we discover the rewards of achievement, and acquire life skills.  Northfield Foundation Unit provides a stimulating, challenging environment for the children to engage in purposeful experiences and activities.

Through play, in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can;

  • Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world;

  • Practice and build ideas, concepts and skills;

  • Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules;

  • Be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk or rehearse their feelings;

  • Take risks and make mistakes;

  • Think creatively and imaginatively;

  • Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems;

  • Express fears or relive experiences in controlled and safe situations


It is through this process that young children at Northfield work towards, achieve and in some cases exceed the Early Learning Goals.

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For more information on EYFS please have a look at the Curriculum-EYFS page and also our class pages. Thank you.