Oakengates Nursery School

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

In September 2021 the statutory framework changed. The reason for the changes are to improve outcomes for all children, especially disadvantaged children so early language development is at the heart of a broad curriculum. Our curriculum consists of everything we want our children to experience, learn and be able to do.

The EYFS statutory framework sets the standards to make sure that children aged birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

The areas of learning and development are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Please click here for more information about the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage.

Development Matters-non statutory guidance

This guidance sets out the pathways of children's development in broad ages and stages. The actual learning of young children is not neat and orderly. For that reason, accurate proportionate assessment is vital. The guidance helps teachers to make informed decisions about what a child needs to learn and be able to do next. Please click here to view the Development Matters guidance.

Two year old progress check

The two-year progress check is designed to help practitioners identify how children are developing. It helps staff determine if children are developing as expected, or if they require any additional support. The check may be carried out collaboratively with the health visitor.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Assessment 
At Wrockwardine Wood Infant School and Oakengates Nursery Federation, ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development processes. Staff observe children to identify their level of achievement, interests and learning styles.  These observations are used to shape future planning. Staff also take into account observations shared by parents.

Parents are invited into school each term. This is a time when their child's development record of observations, EYFS profile and next steps for development are shared. Parents also receive a written report in the summer term. 

At the end of Reception children are assessed against the 17 Early Learning Goals indicating whether they are:

  • Meeting the expected levels of development
  • Not yet reaching expected levels 'emerging'

The profile is moderated internally and in partnership with other local schools, to ensure consistent assessment judgements. EYFS profile assessment data is submitted to the local authority.