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Early Years Foundation Stage

The 2012 Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is made up of three prime areas and four specific areas.  All areas of learning are connected to one another and are of equal importance.

The Prime Areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is made up of the following aspects:

Making Relationships

Self Confidence and Self-Awareness

Managing Feelings and Behviour

Physical Development is made up of the following aspects:

Moving and Handling

Health and Self-Care

Communication and Language is made up of the following aspects:

Listening and Attention



The Specific Areas are:

Mathematical Development

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Mathematical Development is made up of the following aspects:


Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World is made up of the following aspects:

People and Communities

The World


Expressive Arts and Design is made up of the following aspects:

Exploring and Using Media and Materials

Being Imaginative

Literacy is made up of the following aspects:



Our curriculum for both pre-school sessions and out of hours clubs for all children up until the age of 5 follow the EYFS guidelines and children work towards this curriculum and are encouraged to develop their independence, especially in the year prior to entry into reception class. Parents are notified of curriculum themes to link learning at home with learning at Happy Hands. During each session a wide variety of activities are on offer, both indoors and outdoors, including sand and water play, also variations e.g. soil, pasta, coloured rice etc. Construction activities such as duplo, brio, popoids, building bricks etc.  Physical activities, for example, slide and climbing frame, rockers, trampoline, trikes and bikes, stilts and stompers. Also on offer daily is an arts and crafts activity such as painting, gluing, junk modelling, drawing, chalk or collage.  We also have a role play area that changes its theme each week and can be based on a shop, hairdressers, house, garage, construction site, outer space etc  We also offer a wide variety of table top activities including jigsaws, threading, games, magnetic letters and playdough.  In our playroom we also have a dedicated IT area where children can access computers and develop IT skills.  We also have a quiet, carpeted book corner with a large selection of both fiction and non-fiction books.  Children can also access small scale activities on a daily basis such as farm, zoo, garage and cars, dolls house etc.  Activities such as cooking are also included in the curriculum (all with adult supervision), and as well as using our outdoor play area on a daily basis, we also take advantage of the wider outdoors and include visits to the local church, post office, primary school, pocket park and invite visitors into pre-school e.g. dental nurse, vet, postman, teachers, dance instructors.  Please visit our gallery page for photographs showing typical setting activities and play experiences.  For children aged from 5 - 12 years we aim to incorporate school themes into our curriculum to link learning between settings.