Foundation Stage

The Early Year Foundation Stage recognises that every child deserves the best possible start in life.

At The Sheffield Private School, we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. The EYFS Framework explains how and what children in  EYFS will be learning to support their development.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based upon four principles:

A Unique Child: developing resilient, capable, confident and self-assured individuals;

Learning and developing: an acknowledgement that children learn in different ways and at different rates;

Enabling environments: where opportunities and experiences respond to the individual needs of the child by developing a strong partnership between practitioners, parents/carers and the child;

Positive relationships: supporting the children in becoming strong and independent.

Play underpins the curriculum provision. Children have the opportunity to play indoors and outdoors on a daily basis. Children play spontaneously, although they will be given adult support when needed. It is through play that the children will develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.

Our aim is to ensure that children enjoy their Early Years experiences in the care of well qualified and caring staff. We lay the foundations for the children’s future successes through a stimulating and ‘hands on’ curriculum that is divided into the following areas:

Prime Areas:

  • Physical Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Planning and Assessment:

 We encourage a love for learning in the Foundation Stage, by teaching and planning activities around children’s interests and key stories and topics that stimulate curiosity, exploration and understanding. Each child’s growth and development is carefully taken into account when planning, so that individual needs are met. Progress is recorded in a profile that includes a range of anecdotal observations, photographs and samples of work. We highly value the input from parents/caregivers as well.

After School Care: 

We offer “Late Room” facility to parents who find it difficult to pick their children at the end of FS day. Students are kept under the care and supervision of an authorised person until they are picked by their parent/carer.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

 Extracurricular enrichment is central to the educational experience offered to students at TSPS, and a core component of the National Curriculum for England. At TSPS students have the opportunity to enjoy new experiences and to develop both inside and outside the classroom. Ballet, karate and gymnastics are offered to our FS students as ECAs.

The Learning Environment: 

The Foundation Stage learning environments are warm, bright and stimulating, encouraging learning through play and the use of focused groups both in and outdoors.