Early Years Foundation Stage


At William Stockton we 'Strive for Excellence' in our Early Years and across our School. 


E - Enjoy and Achieve

Y - Yearning for Learning

F - Fun

S - Special


We work tirelessly to make our EYFS a SPECIAL place, where children ENJOY and achieve.  Our children have so much FUN, they are always YEARNING for learning. 



We begin our journey together in EYFS and believe that a strong partnership between home and school helps your child to flourish.  Our priority is that all children have a happy start to their school life and they enjoy each and every day that they spend with us. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. 


Our Aims

Our aims and expectations are underpinned by those of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS).

1. Our standards are set to ensure that every child makes progress and no child is left behind. 

2. Every child is included and there is an equality of opportunity for all.

3. A working partnership is established between school and parents/carers, professionals and other settings that they may attend. 

4. An approach that ensures your child's care and learning is of high quality.

5. We lay a secure foundation for future learning. 


Our Curriculum

We deliver the EYFS which is a framework for teaching children from birth to five years old.  The framework consists of four themes.  These are A Unique Child, Enabling Environments, Positive Relationships, and Learning and Development. 

Our aim is for our warm and welcoming environment to provide each individual child with the opportunity to play, develop and learn, where parents and children feel valued and involved.

We operate a continuous provision model, meaning that your child will become independent in their learning and begin to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Within the Learning and Development theme there are seven ares of learning.  The areas of learning are:

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

We teach your child knowlegde, skills and understanding through a topic based curriculum to ensure they access a variety of learning experiences, and secure a good foundation for their life long learning. The topics that we teach stem from the children's interests and passions.

We aim to keep you informed so that you may be involved and support them at home and at school. 



Your child’s progress will be reviewed prior to starting at William Stockton when they are between 2 and 3 years old by an early years practitioner or health visitor.  Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the school year when they turn 5, their Reception year.  The assessment is based on classroom observation - your child won’t be tested. It currently uses the Early Learning Goals, which can be found in the Early Years Framework. 


Parental Involvement

In the Early Years at William Stockton Primary School, we offer all our families of new children the opportunity to have a home visit by members of our Early Years team. We feel it is so important that you and your child feels welcomed into our school community and it is an opportunity to begin the positive home-school relationship we wish to continue throughout your child’s time here at William Stockton Primary.

We welcome our families into the classroom every morning and encourage parents to work in partnership with us on their child’s learning adventure. We welcome you to look at your child’s learning journal regularly and contribute ‘wow’ moments you would love us to know about!

During the Early Years, we provide lots of additional opportunities for you to be invited into school to share your child’s achievements and find out how you can support their learning at home.
Some of these opportunities involve reading workshops, craft sessions, fundraisers and the chance to support our learning outside the classroom by accompanying us on school trips.

We firmly believe that we are partners in your child’s learning and development and together we can make a difference.

Please see visit our blogs at the top of the page to find out more about how we involve parents in the EYFS at William Stockton. 


'Children get off to a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage'  Ofsted 2014


'Children are keen to learn in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where teaching is good.' Ofsted 2014 

If you have a child due to start Nursery or Reception please make an appointment to come and see our EYFS in action and see how we play, learn and grow together. 


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Heathfield Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 8DH

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