The Early Years Foundation Stage:


At South Otterington School Early Years, our Tots (2-3-year olds) FS1(3-4-year olds) and FS2 (Reception class) children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Our aim is to provide a safe, creative and happy environment in which children can build the foundations that enable them to become confident, independent and successful lifelong learners.

We understand the importance of play based learning and positive relationships with children and families to ensure the best outcomes for all.


We believe in the importance of child led learning. We encourage this when children are in both indoor & outdoor learning environments. Ensuring quality first hand experiences are had in all learning areas.

Our early years environments have been adapted to follow a calm and nurturing space which is enriched with natural resources and areas that encourage questioning to develop children’s vocabulary.

Children’s progress is assessed towards the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters. Observations and assessments provide Early Years practitioners to gain an in-depth knowledge of each child to ensure accurate assessment is carried out through interactions and assessment during their time in our setting. Observations are also used to support planning and next steps in teaching and learning


The Characteristics of Effective Learning are enhanced in all areas within the Early Years environments. These skills enable children to apply knowledge to a range of activities by making links and taking risks in their learning. We ensure that children have opportunities to explore, create and engage.

Throughout children’s time in Early Years, good progress is made toward their age-related expectations to ensure a smooth transition into Year 1.

Our Early Years curriculum is annually reviewed to ensure the environment and learning topics are at a high standard and the child’s voice is heard