Northside Primary School

Northside Primary School - Achieving and celebrating success where every child matters

Early Years Foundation Stage 

Northside School Early Years                

At Northside we want the children to have a broad and balanced Early Years curriculum which is relevant to all children in Nursery and Reception. The statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Outcomes sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five and forms the foundation for future learning. 

A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.

A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

Each child has a unique background and we work in partnership with parents to develop and broaden every child’s learning, valuing and building on previous experiences, traditions and cultures.

We provide equality of opportunity for all children.

Play is an essential part of the learning process and should be pleasurable and rewarding.

Learning should be

  • based on first hand experience where children have opportunities and space to explore and discover for themselves
  • interlinked, not compartmentalised
  • meaningful, to encourage the child’s all-round development

We are a well resourced provision, planning activities around the individual needs and interests of the children. We are informed by the use of on-going observational assessments as well as our observations of when we play and scaffold children’s learning.



There are seven areas of learning within the EYFS. The first 3 areas below are prime areas that are strengthened and applied by the other 4 areas.


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


This ensures a broad and balanced beginning, taking into account the individual needs of the children.  Purposeful play is valued as an integral part of the children’s development and underpins the delivery of all the EYFS.


All the areas must be delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities developing childrens:

  • Playing and exploring (Engagement)
  • Active Learning (Motivation)
  • Creating and thinking critically (Thinking)


EYFS Curriculum - Development Matters

Early Years Outcomes

Nursery Booklet

Reception Booklet