Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile - Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Early Years Foundation Stage is your child’s first step into school and we work in close partnership with local preschools and nurseries to make the transition to school life as smooth as possible. At Wroughton Infant School we believe in the importance of building a positive relationship with your child and their family. This begins before your child joins us in school through Stay and Play sessions, preschool drop in mornings, parent welcome evening and a visit to the child’s home, when we are able to get to know each child and their interests to ensure they settle quickly into their new learning environment.

Children will have a two week induction into school at the beginning of September. The induction process helps teachers settle your child into school life and supports their emotional wellbeing as well as complete an initial baseline assessment.


At Wroughton Infants School we follow the statutory EYFS framework and plan lessons and the classroom environment to support the seven areas of learning. During the first term there is a high emphasis on the prime areas with the specific areas woven into teaching and the provision. This then sets the foundations for enhancing the skills and knowledge moving forward throughout the foundation year. The teachers plan from your child’s prior knowledge and skills and builds on these through adult directed lessons and child-initiated activities, where children can practice and embed skills and knowledge taught through their play.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Characteristics of effective learning are carefully planned through the provision to create an enabling environment rich with activities to promote these fundamental skills.

Alongside the characteristics of effective learning the EYFS use the school’s learning characters to teach learning behaviour of resilience, risk taking, problem solving and perseverance.

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