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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

DLT vision: We believe that every early year’s child is unique and has the right to learn through play.

We provide a rich and enabling environment, where children feel they belong, are understood, and are inspired to succeed.

We know that this requires skilful interactions by knowledgeable adults to build the foundations for life.


The Foundation Stage is where children begin their school life and where they are supported to become happy, confident and independent learners.  The curriculum within the Early Years is planned around 4 main principles which underpin everything that we do.


A Unique Child


Positive Relationships

Enabling Environments

Learning and Development

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected


Our children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.  These are split in to prime and specific areas:


Prime areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design


In addition to these areas, the curriculum also develops the 3 characteristics of effective learning:


  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically


At Djanogly Northgate Academy, we believe our unique children deserve a holistic curriculum that shapes them as aspirational individuals. We are intentional teachers in the Early Years, we are clear about what we want our children to learn within our caring and safe environment, whilst enabling them to follow their desires and interests to connect with their learning. We ensure the environment reflects the 4 main areas of children’s interests, as these are rooted in familiarity, whilst identifying powerful knowledge and purposeful experiences that take children beyond their everyday experiences.


How we teach our curriculum

Progress is closely monitored by all Early Years staff and is evidenced in a range of ways; through our interactions with children, photographs, children’s work and focused assessment sheets.


At the end of the foundation stage, an EYFS profile will be completed for each child and shared with their parents/carers.  An EYFS Profile is a legal document that enables Year 1 teachers to plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum that will continue to meet all children’s needs after they leave the Foundation Stage.

Our Environment