Haslingfield Endowed Primary School

Early Years

We are a school that really understands the importance of providing children with a good early years education. We aim to do this by striving to provide the children with an enabling learning environment that:

  • Entices the children to explore learning
  • Is well resourced and offers the children a mix of child led and adult led/initiated learning
  • Promotes the development of language and communcation
  • Looks for opportunities to enrich and add value to the children's understanding of the world and the diversity in it
  • Celebrates success
  • Supports children to succeed by adults that care, are passionate about Early Years education, and understand each individual child's next steps.
  • Gives children opportunities to learn in different environments (such as Forest School)

The Eary Years Foundation Stage Framework

The EYFS framework is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning. All areas are important and inter-connected and centre around the individual needs of each Unique Child.

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

Communication and Language  

  • Listening, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking

Personal, Social and Emotional Development  

  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships

Physical Development  

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills


  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns

Understanding the World  

  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World

Expressive Arts and Design  

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being Imaginative and Expressive

Each sub-area of learning has an Early Learning Goal statement that the children are assessed against at the end of their year in Reception. Children are defined as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved the expected level for the ELGs in the prime areas of learning and the specific areas of mathematics and literacy. This helps teachers and parents to understand broadly what a child can do in relation to national expectations. You can read the ELG expectations here.


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