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Pontefract Academies Trust



Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum


“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables

them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s

experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life

chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good

parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children

need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”


(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Department for Education – 2017) 


  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of their Reception school year.
  • At Halfpenny Lane we offer part time Nursery provision and full time school in Reception.
  • Our curriculum is based upon first hand experiences and is presented in an integrated way to encourage the children’s natural curiosity and spontaneity.
  • Great emphasis is placed on the value of structured play and talk as the means by which children learn, through observing, listening, exploring and interacting.


Our Primary Aims

  • Achieving a high level of well-being in order for children to be able to access their learning independently.
  • Nurturing children’s positive dispositions and attitudes.
  • Creating an environment which fosters independence where children are encouraged to explore and express their ideas – knowing that they are valued.
  • Provision of valuable, purposeful and, above all, enjoyable learning experiences appropriate to the child’s stage of development.


The Early Years Curriculum

The curriculum within the Halfpenny Lane Early Years Foundation Stage is planned around four themes:


A Unique


Positive Relationships

Enabling Environments

Learning and


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. All areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.