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Early Years

The 3 Is 


Our enabling environments and positive relationships support the needs of the unique child to meet and exceed the early learning goals. Our broad and balanced Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum allows children to gain skills, knowledge and understanding as they start out on their educational journey and begin to build a love for learning.  


  • We want the children to have the best start in life. We aim to establish a solid foundation for their future educational attainment, as well as their overall health and happiness. 

  • Recognising the interconnectedness of learning areas, we aim to support children in achieving their full potential across all seven areas of learning, understanding that each area contributes to holistic development. 

  • Emphasising the significance of communication and language development, as it underpins all future learning and has a profound impact on children's educational progress. 

  • We are committed to providing appropriately ambitious learning opportunities for all children, tailored to their individual needs and abilities which allow children to reach their full potential. 


Unique Child 

  • The school values diversity and ensures that all children and families are welcomed and included. Realistic and challenging expectations are set to meet the needs of every child, fostering a sense of belonging and achievement. 

  • The Raleigh School's EYFS provision is built on the belief that every child is a competent learner with unique abilities and interests. We provide a nurturing environment that supports each child in meeting and exceeding early learning goals. 

  • We recognise the importance of early intervention and support, particularly for disadvantaged children, and utilise the early years pupil premium where applicable to measure its impact on outcomes. 

  • The provision focuses on well-being by creating a safe, supportive, and stimulating learning environment.  


Learning and Development 


  • All 7 areas of learning and development are recognised as important and interconnected, through our carefully mapped and progressive EYFS curriculum. The well-defined content and sequencing allows children to progress towards appropriately ambitious outcomes. 

  • Children are provided with opportunities to develop, consolidate, and deepen their knowledge, understanding, and skills across all areas of learning. 

  • Each child has their own Learning Planner which they use to ensure they visit all 7 areas of learning and development through the week.   

  • Regular observations and assessments inform planning and ensure that learning experiences are tailored to individual needs and interests.  

  • Tapestry is used to track children's progress against the Early Learning Goals, providing a comprehensive overview of their development. 

  • Practitioners assess what children know, understand and can do, as well as taking account of their dispositions to learn (characteristics of effective learning), to plan children’s next steps in learning and to monitor their progress. 

  • Children are provided with a full and balanced curriculum including 2 CLL inputs and 2 Maths inputs a week, alongside small group teaching in both CLL, Maths and a foundation subject all with appropriate support and challenge. 

  • This approach ensures that our EYFS provision is not only engaging and enriching but also effective in supporting children's holistic development and preparing them for future success. 


Positive Relationships – the role of adults 

  • Adults in the EYFS play a crucial role in facilitating learning through interactions providing planned and purposeful play. They model language, provide explanations, encourage exploration, and set challenges to promote children's development. 

  • Strong partnerships between staff, children, and families are fostered through open communication, regular feedback, and opportunities for parental involvement. Adults provide support and continuity of care. 

  • Children demonstrate high levels of self-control and consistently demonstrate resilience, even if they encounter difficulties. When children struggle with this, staff take intelligent, swift and highly effective action to support them. 


Enabling Environments 

  • The EYFS environment is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. The classrooms are set up with freely accessible, easily identifiable equipment, which children are encouraged to access independently.  

  • We have a well-resourced outdoor area which is dedicated to the early years and provide enhanced resources for all 7 areas of learning, creating a positive effect on the children’s development.  

  • Being outdoors offers opportunities for the children to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant. The wider school grounds are also regularly accessed as part of our enhanced provision. 

  • We consistently prepare children for a seamless transition to KS1 by gradually introducing routines and expectations aligned with our KS1 and KS2 curriculum.  Induction activities, visits and on-going communication with teachers facilitate a smooth transition. 



  • The inclusive environment ensures that every child feels valued and supported, contributing to their overall well-being and sense of belonging within the school community. 

  • Children demonstrate resilience, confidence, and a positive attitude towards learning. 

  • The impact of our Early Years provision is evident in children's progress and attainment. They meet and exceed early learning goals, laying a strong foundation for future academic success.  

  • We know that the children know more from our academic results (93% GLD in Reception, 100% in Phonics screening by the end of Year 2 (94% by the end of Year 1), 90% in KS1).