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The Early Years Curriculum



In Early Years, learning is built around themes and interests. Children are given opportunity to contribute to the themes, and parents are encouraged to actively support us by bringing in artefacts and photographs from home.


We follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage, which encompasses seven Areas of Learning:


Prime Areas - areas children develop from birth

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas - areas which children progress through as they become older.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


The progress of children is closely monitored throughout each academic year by the child's Key Teacher.  We use an electronic system called 'Tapestry' to enable each child's Learning Journal to be kept online; accessible by parents at all times.


At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, each child is assessed according to the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, to ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 1.



Specialist Teaching in Early Years



Little Crofters Butterflies

Music, optional Forest School, optional French

Little Crofters Pre-school

Music, Forest School, French


Music, Forest School, French, Swimming


Reception children learning a French rhyme

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Reception children have been learning the French rhyme ‘In my garden’ with Mrs Bolderston.