How We Deliver the EYFS Curriculum

How the Early Years curriculum is delivered at Kirkby CE


The provision for children’s development and learning is guided by the document attached. The Early Years Curriculum has been updated for September 2021.

Published: Spring 2023

Effective from:  4 Sept 2023


How we provide for development and learning

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.


Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

    • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

    • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

    • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


The Areas of Development and Learning comprise: Prime Areas

  • personal, social and emotional development;
  • physical development;
  • communication and language;

Specific Areas

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


For each area, the level of progress children should be expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.


The ‘Development Matters’ guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the early learning goals. Our setting has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning.


Personal, social and emotional development

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • Self Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships 


Physical development

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills


Communication and language

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • listening, attention and understanding
  • speaking



Our programme supports children to develop:

  • Comprehension 
  • Word Reading
  • Writing


Our programme supports children to develop:

  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns 


Understanding the world

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • Past and Present
  • People, Culture and Communities 
  • The Natural World 


Expressive arts and design

Our programme supports children to develop:

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being imaginative and Expressive 


Characteristics of effective learning

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Development Matters guidance to the Early Years Foundation Stage as:

  • playing and exploring – engagement
  • active learning – motivation
  • creating and thinking critically – thinking


We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.


We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.


We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.



When your child leaves us to start primary school your child’s key person will prepare a transition document which you are invited and encouraged to contribute to. This document will be forwarded to your child’s reception teacher and will enable the teacher to know all about your child and where they are at in their learning and development. This document is used to plan for the individual needs and next steps in your child’s learning journey towards the Early learning goals.

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