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the welfare of children and young people. We expect all
staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or
welfare of any of our pupils, please contact Mrs Elder
(Designated Safeguarding Lead), or Mrs Scott
(Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).

St Joseph’s participates in Operation Encompass.
Following the report of an incident of domestic abuse,
school will be advised that the child has been involved.
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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)





The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards for learning development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.  At. St Joseph's, the Early Years team will quickly get to know your child and familiarise themselves with how they learn best through the EYFS Learning Characteristics.


At St. Joseph’s we aim to develop each child to their full potential through an enriched play based approach to learning and development’. Research tells us young children learn best through play and the Early Years Team at St. Joseph’s aim to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them to develop new skills. Key learning opportunities and activities are planned to ensure that children focus on the skills they will need to work towards the Early Leaning Goals at the end of their Reception year at school.


Reception Class is currently taught by Mrs Scott. The teaching assistants in Reception are Miss Perkins, Miss Rothwell and Mrs Smith. 



The areas of learning and development are broken down into seven areas. Three areas are paramount to children’s enthusiasm for learning, these are the three prime areas of: Communication and language, Physical development, Personal, Social and Emotional development.


There are four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are: Literacy (reading and writing), Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


How can I help my child to make excellent progress in EYFS?

One of the best ways you can help your child to make maximum progress in EYFS is by regularly talking to them about what they have learnt, encouraging them to use new vocabulary or skills.


Reading every day is also essential to making good progress and you should aim to listen to your child read as often as possible.  Please also make sure you ask them lots of questions to develop their understanding.  At this stage, it is vital that your child is starting to use phonics (the true sounds made by letter combinations) to 'de-code' new words and so regularly practice of letter sounds is also useful.  


To help develop their maths skills, bring basic skills into real-life, for example taking every opportunity to count real objects (especially beyond 10) and spot shapes.


External Links

Development Matters for the curriculum and key skills for lots of activities to develop your child's phonetic knowledge for early numeracy and literacy games



Who can I speak to to find out more or if I wish to discuss my child's progress?

Come and have a look at our fabulous EYFS Classroom. Visits for parents and professionals are always most welcome in our EYFS setting.


To discuss your child's progress or for any further information, please make an appointment to see our EYFS teacher, Mrs Scott.