Early Years Foundation Stage (Pre-School and Reception)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years.


Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. For those working in the early years (whether as a childminder or in a nursery, pre-school, or reception class in school), the Early Years Foundation Stage framework outlines what they need to do to support your child.  

EYFS has its own stand-alone curriculum for pre-school and reception children in primary settings, split into prime and non-prime areas. 

The prime areas are: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development.

Non-prime areas are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the World;
  • Expressive Arts and Design.


Each area is then sub-divided into further categories, which form the Early Learning Goals. Pupils are benchmarked against these goals at the end of the Reception year with attainment being described as either: emerging (working below the expected level), expected (working at the expected level) or exceeding (working beyond the expected level). These levels are reported to parents in the end of year written report.

Our EYFS Policy

At Rode Heath we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. However, we also believe that early childhood is valid in itself as part of life. It is important therefore to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.

Our EYFS Policy is attached below. It aims to bring the EYFS framework to life by outlining what it means in practice within our Reception class and the Pre-School setting. 


  • The "parents guide" documents attached below have been produced to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years in relation to the EYFS. They have been written to help you know what to expect during these vitally important years.


Files to Download

Rode Heath Primary School

Heath Avenue, Cheshire, ST7 3RY

Main Contact - Mr Carl Leech

Tel: 01270 314414

Email: admin@rodeheath.cheshire.sch.uk

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