“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 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 EYFS, September 2021

We are so pleased to share with you that we have had our existing Early Years Quality Mark renewed in July 2021. A huge thank you to the children, staff and families for all your contributions to renew the basic skills in Early Years award.

Please see the letter below detailing the renewal.

Parent letter for EYQM

Early Years Foundation Stage at Pleasant Street Primary School

In the Early Years at Pleasant Street Primary School our children are happy.  They are excited and motivated to learn through rich and challenging learning experiences; opportunities to explore and take risks, and first-hand experiences.

The curriculum we provide is linked within the following four overriding principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our early year’s education is based upon:

A Unique Child

At Pleasant Street Primary School we have high ambitions for all our children and recognise that children have different starting points to their learning. We plan according to children’s stage of development so all can thrive and develop. We recognise that children develop in individual ways, at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement, as well as celebration and rewards, to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning. We aim for children to be well-rounded individuals who are resilient, responsible, reflective, resourceful and able to reason.

Positive Relationships

At Pleasant Street we recognise that children learn to be strong and independent from secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families.

Enabling Environments

At Pleasant Street we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. Through observation and interaction we continuously assess the children’s interests, stages of development and learning needs, and plan challenging, achievable activities and experiences to extend the children’s learning. In this way, assessment and planning forms a continuous cycle to promote children’s well-being, learning and development.

Learning and Development

All areas of Learning and Development are important and interconnected. These areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. The indoor and outdoor learning environments are organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active, or be quiet and rest. Both Nursery and Reception are set up in learning areas, where children are able to find activities, equipment and resources independently. Provision in these areas includes familiar and continuously accessible activities and resources, as well as activities which are varied and enhanced to fit in with children’s current interests and learning needs. Each day is composed playing and learning through of a balance of teaching, adult-led activities and child-initiated time.

Early Learning Goals

The EYFS curriculum consists of 7 aspects of Educational Programmes, at Pleasant Street Primary School we provide our pupils with the opportunities the meet the Early Learning Goals in all of these aspects.

To find out more about the Early Years Statutory Framework click the link below.

Early Years Framework

Additional Non Statutory Information can be accessed on the link below.

DFE Development Matters

What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a guide for parents can be accessed on the link below.

What to expect in the EYFS complete FINAL

Other Useful Documents 

Early Years Policy 2021

Intimate Care Policy September 2021

EYFS Phonics Leaflet