The Foundation Stage applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year.


In our school, children can join our Nursery when they are 3 years old. (Compulsory schooling begins at the start of the term after a child’s fifth birthday.) The Foundation Stage helps to build on the child’s earliest experiences to provide a secure foundation for learning throughout their school years and beyond.

Aims of the Foundation Stage

For children joining our Nursery class, the early year’s education we offer our children is based on the following EYFS principles:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments
  • Learning and development


Children joining our Reception class have already learnt a great deal. Many have been to St Paul’s Nursery and a range of other settings that exist in our community.


The EYFS Learning and Development requirements guide us to look carefully at the children in our care and consider their needs and interests. By looking at their stages of development we can plan a challenging and enjoyable experience across all areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.


Staff must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.


Our EYFS Curriculum Map is below:

EYFS Curriculum for Nursery and Reception


EYFS staff are:

Early Years Lead and Reception Teacher: Mrs Walsh –

Nursery Teacher: Miss Ball-


SENCO: Miss Amy Stafford


Nursery Teaching Assistant – Mrs Beason

Reception Teaching Assistant – Mrs Clemson

Higher Level Teaching Assistant – Mrs Hodgkins


Nursery Lunchtime Supervisor – Mrs Roden

Reception Lunchtime Supervisor – Miss Leadbeatter

We are proud to be a part of SUA Trust

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SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.