Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Our EYFS team:

Our pupils' Nether Alderley Primary School adventure begins in Class 1 when they enter the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is led by teachers Mrs Moore and Mrs Newby and supported by teaching assistant Mrs Seymour.


EYFS: Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the first five years of a child’s development from 0-60 months. At the heart of the EYFS, is the principle that young children need to play in order to have fun, make friends and to begin to learn and understand about the world around them. When parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.
The play-based learning in the EYFS is based on the child’s interests and parents are key to its success.


Areas of learning in EYFS

The prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development

The specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Assessment in the Early Years

The EYFS is based on ongoing observation and assessments in all areas of Learning and Development.

EYFS Profile consists of 20 items of information: the attainment of each child assessed in relation to the 17 Early Learning Goal descriptors, together with a short narrative describing the child’s three learning characteristics.

The learning characteristics

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically


Useful information 

  • Pupils have PE lessons each week
  • Music and PE are delivered by subject specialists on a weekly basis
  • Reading books are changed on a Tuesday
  • Please encourage your child to read every night and sign your child's reading record so that they can move through our reading scheme (guidance on reading with your child can be found in the reading section of the website - click here)
  • Parental involvement is embraced - please keep an eye out for our 'mystery reader' videos. You can share a book of your choice with the children



Tapestry is an online learning journal that enables teachers and parents to share pupils' learning and progress. Parents have the opportunity to view images and read about what their child has been learning in school and contribute experiences from the child's home-life into their digital learning journey.  Click on the logo above to sign in to your child's Tapestry account.



Our EYFS team use Class Dojo as a means of rewarding pupils for a range of positive behaviours including: adopting a good attitude, showing kindness, having polite manners, producing excellent work and for trying their best! In recognition of such, Class Dojo points are allocated to the child. Parents have the opportunity to view their child's points progress via any internet-connected device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer). In addition, teachers use the app to communicate with parents, who find the frequent messages and reminders to be of great value.







Nether Alderley Primary School, Bradford Lane, Nether Alderley, Macclesfield SK10 4TR