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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We seek to develop each child’s potential through a broad and balanced curriculum in a secure, caring and creative environment.


At Merton Abbey Primary School we have two Nursery and two Reception classes, these form our Early Years Foundation Stage. The EYFS Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.


All children learn through play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our outdoor area. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for the next steps in their learning.


We know that from our own experience observing family and friends that children and indeed adults learn in different ways. When planning and supporting children we think it is important to consider the different ways children learn and reflect this in how we teach, organise our learning environment and support individual children and groups of children. Within the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage they identify three “Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning”; these characteristics encompass children from birth to the end of the reception year and children will demonstrate them in different ways depending on the developmental level of the child. 


We foster strong links between school and home, encouraging parents to tell us about children's achievements outside of school, so that we can share in their achievements. During the academic year we hold workshops and Parent meetings to keep Parents informed of teaching strategies and ways in which you can support your child at home. In Reception we also send home a weekly curriculum email to keep Parents up to date with the teaching and learning in our Reception classes.


The EYFS curriculum is based on a number of documents which identify areas of learning and development that cover children from birth up to five years of age:

Starting Reception


All children new to reception will get invited to Stay and Play in the Summer term before they start and a Reception Parent Meeting.
This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet their new teacher and get to meet their new class mates.  Parents are asked to stay and play with their child to help them feel more comfortable in their new classroom environment. Please note that unfortunately there will be no crèche facility.


Children who are new to our school will also be given a Home-Visit.  This gives children and parents a chance to get to know their new Reception teacher and Teaching assistant in a familiar setting.


Your child will be given a start date where they will have a staggered entry over 3 days to help your child to settle into school life quickly.  When children settle in to school life quickly it enables them to make further progress in their development.
Please see the details below to see what their first three days at school will be.


1st day: parents stay and play with them and have lunch with them.  Parents and children leave after they have eaten lunch.


2nd day: parents stay with their children until they are settled.  Children leave after lunch (12.30pm). 

As children’s needs vary your child may only need a few minutes to settle in or if they are finding the transition difficult they may need you there all morning.  Please ensure you are available for the whole duration and agree with their class teacher if your child is settled enough for you to leave.


3rd day: Parents stay until their child has settled.  Children stay for the whole day.

Please ensure you are available to stay until your child has settled and agree with their class teacher if your child is settled enough for you to leave (although this is likely only to be a few minutes).


What do they need when they start reception?:

  • Uniform  (please see the prospectus for details)
  • Book bags
  • PE kit (After October half-term)
  • Named water bottle (not juice)
  • Coat
  • Waterproof jacket and wellies (so children can still go outside and learn when it’s raining)
  • Please ensure everything is labelled with their name.