Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage at Langley Park Primary School. Mrs Ross is our EYFS leader who works with Mrs Thompson  teaching in Nursery. In our Rainbow Room Miss McKee  supports our two year old children and in Reception Miss Kelly and Mrs Kennedy work with our older children.

Our EYFS is a large learning community, but every child is known as a unique individual. We aim to provide a high quality nursery education for every child. We believe that early education...

  • is about much more than just learning numbers and letters.

  • is about developing the whole child – learning to be confident, friendly, independent and curious. It is about having a positive attitude and forming positive relationships.

  • is about building upon the experiences they have already gained at home in order to support their learning at Nursery. Young children learn by watching and doing, by exploring and investigating, by listening and speaking, by creating and experimenting.

  • allows children to play and explore

  • is based on a philosophy of play and active learning. Play is children’s work and playing hard is very tiring.


Children are assessed on entry using the Durham Early Years Foundation Stage Assessment Scheme. We observe and assess each child carefully and record their overall development. This gives us a “baseline” from which activities are planned to ensure all children develop at the appropriate rate.

Staff then continually monitor and record your child’s progress. We aim to work in close partnership with parents and carers to ensure that every child is happy, safe and secure in their learning. We invite you to attend regular parent meetings and we write an annual report on your child's progress. We also host Stay and Play sessions for you to see the types of activities and interactive games we do to support your child's learning. Children are offered a free choice of activities both indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather, from a balanced programme. Some activities will be adult led, and some child led. Waterproof outdoor clothing is provided for outdoor use.

Children’s growth and development is interwoven but they can be separated into seven different areas of learning. These areas are consistent with the Early Learning Goals within the Early Years Foundation Stage for 0 to 5 year olds. The seven areas are split into three Prime areas (these are the areas the children should mostly develop first: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Physical Development) and four Specific areas (these will develop as the child grows; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design).


We have a ‘planned curriculum’ that is used to describe all of the learning experiences that children will benefit from. These experiences are consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which children will follow in the EYFS in our school. We plan the curriculum to ensure that different areas of learning and experience are represented in the play and activities we provide. We follow the children’s interests, therefore it is highly likely that various other topics will emerge from the children themselves.


Further Information

Please follow the link to Childcare Choices – a Government website with all the information you need to know about your childcare eligibility.


We offer a limited number of 2 year old Play and Learn spaces in our Rainbow Room. For more information or to apply, please click this link to visit the Durham County Council Frequently Asked Questions, or do not hesitate to contact our school office for more information.


Click here to visit the Foundation Years website, where you can download a free copy of ‘What to expect, when? A parents’ guide’. This guide will help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.