Early Years

Our aims:

Within the Early Years, we aim to develop a child’s love of learning whilst preparing them for their later school life. We use both children’s interests and the statutory framework to shape our planning and form the basis of our curriculum. The Early Learning goals are used as a starting point and are based on the following areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

The children are given opportunities to learn in both child-initiated and adult-led activities. This combination allows children to gain the necessary knowledge and skills whilst gaining confidence ad social skills in a variety of learning situations.


Areas of Learning

Early Learning Goals

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


Parental Engagement:

In our Early Years, there are lots of opportunities for children to share their learning with their parents across the school year. Observations are regularly shared on our online learning journal, Tapestry and there are suggestions for activities to support learning at home.


Little Oak Pre-School:

For details of Little Oak Pre-School, please see their website: