EYFS Explained

The Early Years begins when children reach the age of 3 and encompasses pupils in Nursery and Reception. The curriculum recognises children’s rapid development – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

It builds on what pupils already know and can do and is structured to ensure that all children feel included, secure and valued in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Well planned, purposeful activity and appropriate intervention will engage children in the learning process and help them to make progress to achieve their learning goals.

We recognise that parents and carers are the child’s first educators. They have a unique understanding and information about their child which foundation staff will be keen to share. Parental partnership is an essential element in any child's educational journey The Early Years curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning 

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

The times of the school day in the Early Years

  • Nursery am: 8.45 am – 11.50 am / 12.10 pm – 3.10 pm
  • Reception 8.50 am – 3.10 pm 

The Curriculum 

In educating your child we are concerned about the development of the whole child. We aim for your child to progress in an atmosphere that encourages confidence emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. The curriculum includes activities that incorporate the classroom, outdoor spaces, school visits and visitors to the school. We believe that children should develop at a pace appropriate to their different needs and that individual needs and abilities should be met.

Where possible work is planned to ensure all opportunities for cross curricular links are used. Each class uses a mixture of class, group and individual teaching as appropriate. 

Please click on the attached to find out more detail regarding our early years curriculum.

The Early Years Foundation Stage


Rawthorpe Lane

Tel: 01484 226601
Fax: 01484 226602


About the NLC

Netherhall Learning Campus consists of four schools, covering the full age and ability range from 3 – 19 years, each with its own distinctive ethos; each with its own individual identity and each catering to the specific needs of its students.

Introduction from the head of School

Hello and welcome to our school website. We hope you like it and find everything you need.


 Karen Coates

Head of School


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