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Children develop quickly in the Early years, and our Early Years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start to school life.


The way in which children engage with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpins their learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. 


The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. 

Area of Learning and Development


Prime Areas


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

Moving and handling

Health and self-care

Communication and Language

Listening and attention



Specific areas






Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

People and communities

The world


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative


The children in Reception also have daily Numeracy, Literacy and CLLD Lessons.  The focus in the Early Years is about letting the children's interests lead the way for their curriculum and planning. 

Children have the opportunity to make choices, develop individual interests and be actively involved in their learning.