Early Years Foundation Stage

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – September 2012)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the reception year. In our school, we have a Nursery offering up to five 3 hour sessions a week for children the year before they begin Reception. We also have three Reception classes for children in their first year of school. Children will enter with varying experiences and abilities. Their needs will therefore vary. They require a well-planned and resourced curriculum to take their learning forward.

At Belmont Castle Academy our aims are:

  • To provide a happy, safe and secure learning environment.

  • To seek to ensure all of our children not only learn to read but develop a real love of reading.

  • To offer a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum (and learning environment) which is based on a ‘book focused’ approach.

  • To offer our children first hand experiences wherever possible.

  • To challenge every child to achieve the highest standards of which s/he is capable.

  • To enable pupils to develop self-assurance, self-esteem and self–reliance.

  • To develop respect for other people, their religious, moral, and cultural values.

  • To encourage involvement in the community, and respect for its values and for the environment.

  • To develop mutually beneficial relationships with parents and the local community.

At Belmont Castle Academy we believe that the EYFS should seek to provide:

quality and consistency so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;

a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;

partnership working between practitioners and parents and/or carers;

equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

At our school we hold the following Values for Early Years:

Respect for Diversity

  • We recognise how diversity amongst our staff, parents and children, can enrich our school and make us a stronger and better place. We strive to be culturally sensitive and to advocate for equity and inclusion in all the work that we do.

Investing in our youngest children

  • At Belmont Castle Academy we invest a considerable amount of time and money in ensuring that our youngest children get the best possible start. This is reflected in both in terms of the environment and also in the quality of teaching.

Working collaboratively to strive for excellence

  • We set high standards for ourselves, applying best practices as a result of visits to good/outstanding schools and attending high quality training, as well as sharing our good practise both within and beyond our school.

Working with parents

  • At Belmont Castle Academy we recognise the vital role parents play in their children’s learning and development. We pride ourselves in the positive and successful relationships that we have fostered and continue to develop.

Listening to others

  • We listen carefully to our parents, carers, staff, pupils and the wider community and use their suggestions / recommendations to inform our actions.


  • There is a willingness amongst all the staff to embrace new ideas and approaches to help our children thrive and succeed.


  • The Leadership team are committed to ensuring the highest quality provision for our children, recognising the importance of the Early Years in setting the foundations for future learning and their role in society.

Meeting the needs of our staff

  • We believe that in order to create outstanding learning and development we need to invest in our staff both in terms of their training and personal development needs.

Appointing high quality staff

  • At Belmont Castle Academy we seek to only appoint the best possible staff, those who have a desire to work in Early Years and the capability to do so.

We follow the four overarching principles which help to shape practice in the early Years, that:

every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;

children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;

children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and

children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

The full EYFS policy can be viewed here .




Year Lead

Phase Leaders



Mrs Chadwick

Mrs Chadwick

Mrs Williams



Mrs Dawkins Brackley

Miss Trenery


Miss Trenery


Ms Chambers


Reception News Letters


Reception newsletter Jan 2019

Reception newsletter march 2019

Nursery News Letters

Nursery Topic News overview Spring 1 2019


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