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Early Years Information

Welcome to Ducklings' class!

Children in Ducklings follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), they follow the EYFS framework from birth to 5 years old and all professionals (nurseries, child-minders, teachers etc.) use this framework to plan for children’s next steps and support their holistic development.


The EYFS is a very important stage for children as it helps prepare them for more formal teaching and lifelong learning. Children’s early years’ experience should be a happy, active, exciting, fun and safe time which enables every individual child to achieve their full potential. Here at Drayton Community Primary School we aim to ensure that all children learn by ‘doing’ and leave Ducklings' class with a love of learning and feeling safe and excited by the opportunities that learning offers.


Areas of learning

The EYFS framework is divided into 7 areas of learning


  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development


  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design


Characteristics of learning

The EYFS identified that children relate to things and interact with the environment in different ways; these have been classified as the ‘characteristics of learning’. These characteristics run through all areas of learning.

  • Playing and exploring

  • Active learning

  • Creating and thinking critically

During the EYFS observations will be made on these characteristics of learning and at the end of the year these will be reported on.


Topics are planned to incorporate the children’s interests, events such as festivals including Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter and times of year such as autumn, winter and summer.


The EYFS curriculum is very flexible and is dictated by the children’s interests and next steps for this reason the areas that we might cover are only a guide.