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Reception (Early Years)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at The Vineyard School, our aims are

  • to support children in making a confident transition into school
  • to provide a happy, caring and safe learning environment
  • to plan learning experiences that meet the individual needs and interests of every child through a balanced provision of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities
  • to support children to become confident and competent learners so that they are able to reach their potential
  • to provide a broad and balanced high-quality curriculum in line with EYFS guidance
  • to foster positive home school links with parents and carers
Prime Areas of Learning and Development Aspect
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviours
Physical Development
  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care
Communication and Language
  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking


Specific Areas of Learning and Development Aspect
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
  • People and communities
  • The World
  • Technologies
Expressive Arts and Design
  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

We use the Development Matters in the EYFS document as guidance to ensure that we deliver high standards of early education and care that supports the development of every child. These principles underpin all future learning by supporting and fostering the children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing. It encourages positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning, and promotes learning through play.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring - engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to 'have a go'

Active learning - motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Perseverance
  • Enjoying all levels of achievement

Creating and thinking critically - thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things


Recommended documents

Guidance on what to expect at each stage of their child’s learning and development can be found here.

Guidance on supporting your child with starting school can be found here.

Reading varied and quality texts will be key to your child's success. Discover the 100 Best Picture Books to Read Before You're 5-Years-Old.