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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter

A member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

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Hello and welcome to the

Early Years Foundation Stage at St Laurence

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at St Laurence Primary School, we provide a stimulating learning environment which encourages our pupils to be independent, active learners and to learn through play and exploration. Continuous provision allows the children to take control of their learning and be independent by accessing their own resources and making their own decisions, with the encouragement and enhancement of experienced adults in the classroom. At St Laurence we believe your child’s emotional needs are paramount to happiness and achievement and as such aim to create a caring, secure, natural environment where your child can thrive.  Although we follow the statutory Foundation Stage Profile and assessments, we do not have set curriculum themes but follow the children’s interests instead, whilst still making sure all key areas of learning are covered. The EYFS adults are continually aiming to improve our practice and environment and great care goes into making sure each and every child is cared for and seen as an individual.


Children have continual access to an outdoor learning environment. At St Laurence all children have free flow between the inside and outside classrooms where a variety of child and adult – initiated play is planned.


Our EYFS practitioners use an online learning journal (Tapestry) to document the child’s learning and plan next steps. Parents have access to these journals and can add to their child’s journal and share experiences at home. We have an open door policy where parents are welcome to discuss their child’s progress at any time. Parents are formally invited to discuss their child's progress at least twice a year at a parent information evening. Parents are also invited to attend regular meetings on supporting their child in school and ‘join in’ afternoons.


At the end of the EYFS year, each child will receive a report on their progress over the year in the areas listed below. They will also be given a attainment level (emerging, expected or exceeded) for each area. The "expected" level is what an EYFS child is expected to be working at. A child that is "emerging" has not yet reached the expected level and a child that is "exceeding" is working above the expected level. A fantastic document has been produced by 4Children that helps you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Find a link to the document below.