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Moston Lane Community Primary School

Early Years Foundation Stage


Hi, I am Mrs Dowling and I am the EYFS co-ordinator at Moston Lane. I have always loved working with young children and from being 16 have had different jobs working with children from the ages of 0-8. After completing my teaching degree at University, I then went back to complete my Masters Degree in 'Early Childhood Development Studies' as it is a real interest of mine.  I am fascinated by how young children make sense of the world around them and love leading a department where we help provide children with exciting and interesting opportunities to explore the world and learn new things. In the Early Years we help children become enthusiastic and independent learners and we love to see the massive progress they make during their time with us. It is a real privilege to help shape a child's life in the Early Years and then watch them progress throughout their time in primary school, it is a journey myself and all my team in the Early Years, are extremely grateful to be a part of. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum provided for children aged 0-5. This is the curriculum followed in Nursery and Reception at Moston Lane Primary School. It is broken down into seven areas of learning for the children, prime and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The specific areas of learning are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In Nursery and Reception, all activities and sessions will be based around these areas of learning and opportunities will be provided for the children in the continuous provision for them to develop their skills in each area. Children will be exposed to learning opportunities indoors and outdoors and through a range of play based and taught sessions!

When children start in Nursery, they will be assessed in all these areas so the staff know which areas each child needs supporting in, to ensure they are being provided with the best learning opportunities.

At the end of Reception children will be given a grade in all of the areas to say whether they are emerging, expected or exceeding in each area.

If you wish to know anything about your child’s development, then please feel free to ask a member of staff and they will discuss your child’s profile with you.

Also, please see the link below to access a parent/carer friendly version of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, so you can see how your child is progressing in each area in relation to their age.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework for Parents and Carers

EYFS Policy


Below is the ‘Curriculum Map’ which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year.

Nursery Curriculum Map

Reception Curriculum Map