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Classes  »  EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to the EYFS Department at Whitkirk Primary School. Miss Emery is our EYFS leader, who works with Miss Gray teaching in Reception. Support staff working in our EYFS Department are: Mrs Fewster, Mr Wright and Mrs Lambourne.
Life in Reception at Whitkirk is filled with exploration, play, fun and life long learning . Our EYFS is a large learning community where every child is known as a unique individual. We work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that every child is happy, safe and can reach their full potenital.

The Early Years Foundation Framework

At Whitkirk we work within the statutory framework for EYFS to ensure that all children are learning and developing.
Please  find out more by following the below links:


The Early Years Curriculum

Children develop quickly in the early years, and at Whitkirk we aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. We aim to create experiences which form building blocks for life long learning. These experiences are consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which children will follow in nursery through to the end of their reception year. We plan the curriculum to ensure that different areas of learning and experience are represented in the play and activities we provide. In EYFS we follow the children’s interests, and allow them to plan their own next steps in learning, therefore it is highly likely that various topics will emerge from the children themselves, although we do plan for many learning experiences throughout the year.


Our well established , strong relationships with parents and carers means that all adults involved in a child's  development have the opportunity to work closely with our Early Years practitioners to support children’s transition into the setting. We would like parents to feel secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for and happy at school.

Our Whitkirk parents are welcome to be actively involved in their children’s learning in school by joining us for Stay & Play;which runs every Friday 8:45 - 9:15 , learning journeys , volunteering and parent workshops.

What is EYFS like on a day- to - day basis?

Every day, we provide opportunities for children to learn together to share their experiences, learn comminication skills, read, write and explore early maths. Our children are happy, proud and feel secure knowing that we celebrate their successes and value their achievements. The curriculum is centred around children’s interests with a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning.

Learning Environment

Our learning environment facilitates child-initiated play and provides children with carefully planned opportunities which allow children to explore, create and learn through exciting, stimulating, interactive and accessible resources.

New 2019/20 Starters

We want to make sure that your child's first experiences of school are happy and positive. We offer a comprehensive induction programme which helps your child to feel happy and secure in school and means that you can relax over the summer holidays, knowing that you and your child are well prepared. It is the start of a partnership between you and all of us at school. We want to make sure that right from the start, it is a positive relationship and that you feel confident that you can come to us with any issues and feel that we are all working together for the same reason - to make sure your child is happy and  that they fulfil their personal and academic potential in their time with us.

The below letter highlights for you the events which you are invited to join us for on the lead up to your child starting school.

If you haven’t already please also contact school to accept your child’s place for 2019/20 academic year.