Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS Statutory Framework

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.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework 

supports an integrated approach to early learning

and care. It gives all professionals a set of common

principles and commitments to deliver quality early

education and childcare experiences to all children.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

Babies in Playroom

Our Mission


Children are our teachers; they will guide us to facilitate their learning, to spark conversations and provide learning opportunities to their world, thinking and interest. We believe that children thrive in an all-inclusive environment which values their own uniqueness, while providing support and opportunities to grow socially, emotionally and creatively. To positively engage children in all aspects of their learning to help them progress through life being independent, confident, having respect for others and developing positive values.  By building on each child’s strengths, interests and curiosities, we guide each child to explore the awe and wonder of the world around them; all by learning through play.

Our Curriculum (Implementation):

The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is embedded across our curriculum. The framework highlights distinct complementary principles which shapes and underpins our practice and philosophy at White Horse Preschool, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Unique Child – We believe that every child is unique and brings with them their own cultural knowledge, skills and behaviours that will guide us to support their learning and development. When families and children feel supported, they will thrive to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured learners.

  • Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We provide a warm, loving and supportive environment where by setting clear and consistent boundaries; every child feels safe and cared for; they can feel they can take risks and be supported in their choices.

  • Enabling Environments- We are continually evaluating our environment so it provides rich, stimulating experiences that support children’s developmental needs and individual interests that offers opportunities for exploration, risk taking and growth. We believe that children benefit and thrive when there is a strong communicative partnership with parents to help with learning both at the Preschool and at home.

  • Learning and development- Our curriculum is delivered through a careful balance of child-initiated and adult initiated/directive play, alongside a continuous engaging learning provision inside and outdoors.

We focus on the following areas of Learning:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development-

  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

Learning through play         

Play is very important to a child's development; it is an integral part of a child's Early Years Foundation Stage and supports their learning journey too. Young children can develop many skills through the power of play. They may develop their language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills. Play helps to nurture imagination and give a child a sense of adventure. Through this, they can learn essential skills such as problem solving, working with others, sharing and much more.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning describe behaviours children use in order to learn. 

These are

Playing and Exploring

  • Finding out and Exploring

  • Playing with what they know

  • -Being willing to have a go

Active Learning

  • Being involved and concentrating

  • Keep trying

  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creative and Critical thinking

  • Having their own ideas

  • Making links

  • Working with ideas

To learn well, children must approach opportunities with curiosity, energy and enthusiasm. Effective learning must be meaningful to a child, so that they are able to use what they have learned and apply it in new situations. These abilities and attitudes of strong learners will support them to learn well and make good progress in all the Areas of Learning and Development.

At White Horse Preschool we hope that by setting high standards and expectations for children through our mission statement and curriculum; that all children will leave us happy, confident and resilient individuals who are ready to move forward in their journey with a positive lifelong outlook on learning.