Early Years Foundation Stage

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services they want to know what provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance.” (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage).

We believe that a successful EYFS year is fundamental (the building blocks for all other learning)and our curriculum is designed to give the children the necessary foundations for the rest of their schooling.  Sufficient time is given to developing children’s spoken language and teaching them to read and write.  (Reading is at the heart of our curriculum.)  Children’s fluency in counting and problem solving are also paramount. 

Some aspects of learning are taught directly whilst other skills are learnt through play.  There is a balance of direct whole-class teaching, small-group teaching, partner work and play.  Most importantly, the children’s experiences will generate a love of learning and an enjoyment of school.


'Strong relationships between staff draw together the vast knowledge and experience available to support strong teaching and learning. The classroom is bright and stimulating, promoting the development of early reading, writing and mathematics well.' (Ofsted, July 2019.)

'Staff use carefully crafted and probing questioning and a wide range of experiences to assess and broaden children’s knowledge.' (Ofsted, July 2019.)

'Staff intervene swiftly to address misconceptions, enabling children to develop their understanding further. Teaching assistants contribute to children’s learning activities well and help them to make good progress over time.' (Ofsted, July 2019.)

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Whitegate CE Primary School


Chair of Governors:
Mrs Cotterill

Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Susan Knight

Main Contact: Mrs Michelle Shephard, School Business Manager

Tel: 01606 212203