Purpose of the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a play-based curriculum for children from birth to five years, which allows children to explore and learn in an environment that is secure and safe, yet challenging. Play opportunities are non-stereotypical and available to all children promoting the teaching and learning from a skilled workforce.

Within the EYFS Framework practitioners provide activities and make assessment judgements based on the seven areas of learning: 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas. 


  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Communication and Language

Involves children being provided with the opportunity to experience a language rich environment; develop confidence in expressing their wants, needs and feelings and being able to speak and listen in a variety of contexts. Also giving them an opportunity to build friendships and playing in groups.

Physical Development

Involves children being encouraged to be interactive and active in their learning and develop control, coordination and movement. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times. we provide many facilities to support the fine motor skills of each child such as animal on a string, ride-on bikes, water and sand pits and shopping carts.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area supports the children in understanding appropriate behaviour and develops confidence in their own abilities. Involves supporting children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves, and of others; form strong attachments and relationships and develop respect for others to develop their social skills and learn how to effectively manage their feelings. There are many activities that we do on a frequent basis to promote expressing emotions. 


Encourages children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. There will be different stages of learning to suit your Childs current level of development. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest supported by a funky jungle theme area with many colourful lights.


Encourages opportunities to develop and improve counting skills, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, space and measures.

Understanding the World

Involves supporting children in making sense of the world around them and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. Our favourite activity is taking children to our local supermarket whilst encouraging them to find the correct groceries using their very own shopping list with images.

Expressive Arts and Design

Enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as encouraging the sharing of thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

We encourage different textures and fun activities to advance the different senses and feelings. We have a selection of different textures such as home made snow, play-do, water-balls, slime. At Petite we love the art f nature and use different leaves and textures to create different shapes and fun activities. 

Playing and Exploring

Supports children's engagement and investigation and to experience things through being willing to 'have a go'

Active Learning

Supports children's motivation to learn by helping develop their concentration, ability and will to keep trying when challenges occur and celebration of completing a task.

Creating and Thinking Critically

Supports children's thinking skills through developing ideas, making links between differing ideas and create strategies for completing a task.

Tailored education suite

Encouraging each Child's learning stage by enhancing their ability through our tailored education suite, one to one support.


Using the Tiney app journal, your Childs personalised Petite journal, observations and assessment sheets to ensure we are bringing you results of your Childs learning

0-2 years and pre school learning

Using the PPA method to encourage learning for children of all ages and to prepare children for the next step of their education

parent evenings

Big believers of team work, parents can feel comfortable leading the way and discussing next steps for their Childs learning. Communication and partnership with parents is the heart of creating a foundation and direction for your child's growth