Foundation Stage


Teachers carefully plan activities that stimulate and interest children. Teachers typically give children good opportunities to practise their skills and they model language for them effectively.



There are seven areas of learning and development that are all equally important and inter-connected.
Three areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

communication and language

physical development

personal, social and emotional development

There are also four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.



understanding the world

expressive arts and design

At Gainsborough our high quality provision involves activities and experiences for children including:

High quality planning,  delivery and resources

The early years lead has a secure understanding of standards in the provision. They have taken effective action to enhance the quality of education that children receive and to ensure that children make typically strong progress from their starting points. They have taken decisive action to ensure that the maximum number of children are ready for Year 1.


Our highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience in all of the areas of learning and development.

If throughout the early years, any child’s progress in any of the prime area show cause for concern, we pro-actively discuss this with parents and agree how both school and home can best support the child. Together, we consider whether a child may have a special educational need that require specialist support. We draw on the expertise of outside agencies and help families to access relevant support from other agencies as appropriate.

Each area of learning and development is planned through purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. The Foundation team will actively respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. As children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help children prepare for more formal learning.

The Foundation Team are highly experienced in planning and guiding children’s activities, based on the different ways that children learn.

Home-School Partnership.

This partnership is central to everything we do and we actively encourage an open and supportive partnership between home and school from Nursery through to Year Six. The importance of small details or changes that may affect your child cannot be underestimated and we encourage you to inform any member of our Foundation team at the start or end of the school day. 


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Be Ready:

- To Listen and Learn
- To Share
- To Follow Instructions
- To Work Hard and Do Your Best
- To Help and Be Kind

Be Respectful:

- Think About Others
- Use Good Manners
- Choose the Right Behaviours
- Talk to Others in the Right Way
- Accept and Celebrate our Differences

Be Safe:

- Play and Learn Safely
- Report Bullying or Unkind Behaviour
- Move Around School Carefully
- Tell an Adult if You Don't Feel Safe
- Look After Each Other

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