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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Year’s Professionals describe the time in a child’s life between birth and age five.


We aim to provide the highest quality Early Years education and differentiate ourselves by a passionate attention to detail underpinned by a high-quality programme.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the term used by the Government and Early Years professionals to describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5.

Children learn and develop rapidly from the moment they are born. Research confirms that the experiences that a child has in the early years has a significant impact on their future life chances and that high quality early years care and edcuation makes the biggest difference to every child.

The EYFS provides a framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It is an important stage as it helps get your child ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes.

Our Early Years teams in Nursery and Pre-Prep aim to provide the highest quality Early Years education.

What do we want for our children at Birkenhead School?

We want Pre-Prep to be a place of possibilities where children will be nurtured and where individual interests and talents will be valued and developed. As a result, we hope that children's wellbeing will be high.

We want children to believe in themselves and their abilities and know that they are loved, strong, capable and unique. We want them to develop develop resilience and the perserverance to keep on trying things even when they are challenging.

We want children to have the confidence to try new things, take risks and be physically active. We want them to communicate their ideas, beliefs and feelings, choosing different ways to do this - some will choose to dance, others to build, draw or sing.

We want children to experience and remember a wide range of words through stories, rhymes and poems. They will be able to make friends and show kindness to others. They will know how to look after themselves, their friends, their school and the environment.

We want children to know about important mathematical and scientific concepts relevant to this age group. The will have an understanding and respect of the world around them and the world beyond. They will have a desire to learning and be ready for their next stage of education.

For full details on the Early Years Foundation Stage, please click here.

For full details on 'Birth to 5 Years Matter', please click here.



Forest School

Children in Pre-Prep also benefit from taking part in our exciting Forest School curriculum.