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Elmhurst School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust

Early Years Foundation Stage

'Moving to Elmhurst was a game-changer for my son, and my daughter starting in September - it is so exciting for her to have an entire Elmhurst experience from start to finish' - Parent Survey June 2021

Curriculum Intent

Our Early Years Curriculum is designed to allow children to develop the knowledge, skills and learning behaviours that they need to grow into well-rounded pupils, ready to succeed in life. Children's learning is led through a balance of discrete, adult-led sessions and carefully planned continuous provision where children have the opportunity to investigate and apply their learning using our stimulating indoor and outdoor environments.  


We adopt the Hygge Wanderlust approach, aimed at providing children with real-life experiences and opportunities to learn through the natural world. 


Exploring Nature through 'Awe and Wander'

At Elmhurst, we are committed to the values and principles that underpin the Early Years Foundation Stage and Every Child Matters. Teachers use statutory and non-statutory guidance to plan for, teach and assess each child, carefully scaffolding their experiences to promote learning and progress.

Government Guidance

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (Effective from 1 Sept 2021) PDF


Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (applies until 31 Aug 2021) PDF


Every Child Matters PDF

Curriculum Implementation

We understand that all children are unique, have individual interests and learn best in different ways (The Characteristics of Effective Learning). 


The way children engage with others and their environment underpins learning and development, supporting children to become and remain motivated.

These are carefully considered by staff in our Early Years classes to ensure all children reach their full potential and progress across the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Curriculum:


  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communication and Language 
  • Physical Development 
  • Literacy 
  • Maths
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding the World 

Page last updated: 06/07/21