EYFS Curriculum


Children begin learning with us in our Nursery and Reception classes. From 3- 5 years old, they experience the very best of early years education at Sulivan. Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a nurturing and stimulating educational setting that values every child’s needs, interests and development. They have space to play, learn and develop the key early learning attitudes and behaviours, whilst being taught and cared for by expert early years’ teachers and practitioners. This gives them the best start in a physical and emotional environment that is safe and inspiring so that they develop curiosity, independence, confidence and early learning knowledge and skills. 

Our Early Years Curriculum is broad, balanced and highly motivating. This encourages our youngest learners to be curious, confident and competent. Through our curriculum and approach, we aim for all children to be ready for Year 1 as they leave Reception. This demands a curriculum that is designed to nurture their confidence and independence, develop their language and social skills and teach the early skills in reading, writing and maths.

Seven key areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas act as the foundation for all learning and develop from positive relationships and experiences. They allow children to access all other areas of learning and acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas provide experiences that broaden children’s knowledge and skills.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

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Assessment in the Early Years

Each child’s development and progress is assessed and tracked from when they begin the Nursery class. These assessments are taken from teacher observations and interactions during normal day-to day play activities and interactions. The assessments inform “in the moment” planning where teachers adapt activities to move on a child’s learning as well as planning for longer term goals.

When children begin Reception, each child is assessed using the statutory baseline assessment. In the Summer Term of Reception the EYFS Profile is completed for each child. The Profile provides parents and carers, practitioners and teachers with a well- rounded picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their attainment against expected levels, and their readiness for Year 1. Each child’s level of development is assessed against the early learning goals. Teachers assess whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’).