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Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS)

These are the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children under 5.

Our nursery curriculum is based on the Government Department of Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) guidelines, which include a broad and balanced range of experiences over a period of time.

We cover all the EYFS Learning Areas, as well as the Jewish learning area of Spiritual Development.

The EYFS learning areas are:

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Develops dispositions and attitudes to learning and the ability to focus when appropriate
  • Enhances the ability to develop self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Enables the formation of good relationships with adults and peers
  • Encourages taking responsibility for actions
  • Promotes understanding and respect of the needs and views of others

Communication & Language Development and Literacy

  • Communication of needs, feelings and events
  • Language for thinking
  • Linking sounds and letters
  • Listening with enjoyment and responding to stories, songs, poems and rhymes
  • Extending vocabulary and explore the meaning & sound of new words
  • Using language to imagine & recreate rolls, experiences or even

Physical Development

  • Space to move, with increasing control and coordination
  • Teaching for the child to manage their own dressing & personal hygiene
  • Opportunities to show awareness of space of themselves and of others
  • Recognition of the importance of being healthy and how to keep healthy
  • Time to practice using a range of small and large
  • Equipment, practising fine and gross motor skills


  • Using numbers for labels and counting
  • Recognising colours and shapes
  • Using language to compare quantities and to describe size and position
  • Using mathematical ideas to solve practical problems

Understand­ing of the World

  • Exploration and investigation
  • Designing and making skills
  • A sense of time, place & community
  • ICT

Expressive Arts & Design

  • Responding to experiences, expressing and communicating ideas
  • Exploring media and materials
  • Creating music and dance
  • Developing imagination and imaginative play

Spiritual Development

  • Awareness of G-d as the Creator
  • Celebration of good deeds and positive character traits
  • Experience of Jewish practice
  • Opportunities to enjoy the Jewish Sabbath and festivals