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The Early Years Foundation Stage


Here at Old Cleeve C of E First School, we pride ourselves on our Early Years provision. A child starting school can be a daunting experience for parents and children so our experienced staff ensure the process is a positive and exciting one.


Our Early Years vision is to immerse our families into the Old Cleeve Christian community, placing every child at the centre. We believe that a kind, safe and nurturing environment will enable each child to flourish and develop their foundations to become a confident citizen and lifelong learner. Our sequential, diverse and bespoke curriculum plants the seeds of curiosity and passion, as children begin their learning journey and explore the world around them. 


We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (September 2021) as the frame for the opportunities and provision that we provide for the children in their first year of school.  This is a continuation of the learning and experiences they would have accessed in pre-school provision. We place a large emphasis on learning through direct, first hand experiences in a play based environment. This allows children to develop the skills and knowledge needed in preparation for their National Curriculum education that commences in Year 1.


Careful planning enables the children to make maximum progress in the all seven areas of learning:


Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication, Language and Literacy


Specific Areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Art & Design


We work in partnership with our on-site nursery, Teddy Bears, providing children with a seamless transition into their first year at school. Both Pre School and Reception staff are managed by the Early Years Lead and staff work across both settings to support the children in their transition into school.