Early Years Foundation Stage at Hovingham Primary School 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework which our children follow at Hovingham in the Nursery and Reception. The framework sets out welfare and development goals for children from birth to five years.  

These are the four main principles of the EYFS framework 

  • Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development 

The EYFS framework covers seven key areas of learning. 

Three Prime Areas of Learning and Development 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development  

In EYFS we believe, becoming a confident and independent learner comes through providing an environment and ethos where we encourage all children to share, take turns, care for each other and their surroundings. 

In harmony with our School, we embrace Restorative Practice Principles to resolve issues and follow the school wide rules of ‘kind hands, kind feet and kind faces.’ 

Communication and Language 

We believe that creating a language rich environment is paramount for all our children to become confident talkers and active listeners. EAL and Speech and Language principles underpin our practice. Quality talk, combined with the modeling of language, is demonstrated in all our adult interactions. 

Physical development 

The EYFS teams planned opportunities, offered in outdoor and indoor play, are centred upon developing fine and gross motor skill. Throughout the year, these opportunities are complimented by delivery of specialist workshops and projects. For example, Northern Ballet and Phoenix dance have delivered extended projects with the aim of developing physical coordination, an ability to follow instructions and to boost self-confidence.  

Four Specific areas of Learning and Development 


In our Early Years the teaching of phonics underpins the acquisition of reading and writing skills.  Jolly Phonics sounds and actions are introduced in Nursery. Later, Letters and Sounds are followed in Reception combined with elements of Co-operative Learning. In all areas of the classroom mark making opportunities are available and hand eye coordination is further developed through play with jigsaws, construction sets and creative activities. 


Number, Shape, Measure and Pattern are all introduced and taught through practical and talk based activities, games and songs.  Mathematical language is modeled and concepts explored in all the play areas both indoors and outdoors. 

Understanding the World 

In EYFS we celebrate the Festivals of Eid, Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year. These experiences allow children to talk about their own lives and appreciate our similarities and differences.  

 Exploring in our garden, digging, planting and ‘bug hunts’ encourages children to observe and ask questions about the natural world. 

Our children have the opportunity to explore a range of new Technology including clever touch screen, computers, iPads, bee bots, micro phones and remote control toys. 

Expressive Arts and Design 

For one day Each week we have a visiting music specialist who explores all the elements of music through song and handling instruments. 

For twelve weeks of the year we have a visiting ‘artist in-residence’ who works on art projects with Pupil Premium children and their parents. 

Paint, collage, clay, play dough and role play areas are available every day with stimulating resources to encourage mastery. 

Key Worker System 

In Nursery (ratio of 1 to 13) and Reception (ratio of 1 to 15) we have a Key Worker system. Each child has a Key Person who is responsible for building a profile of their development across the Foundation Stage.  

We believe the value of a Key Worker system is a strong bond can be developed between the practitioner, child and parent, leading to all children feeling safe, valued and ultimately become resilient learners. 

EYFS Team 

  • Donna Munroe : Director of Early Years 
  • Helen Atkins : Nursery Teacher 
  • Kerrie Ward : Reception Teacher  
  • Amrit Gour : Reception Teacher 
  • Olivia Kurylo : Reception Teacher 
  • Jyotsna Patel : Nursery Officer 
  • Rachel Lumb : Nursery Officer 
  • Sharon Collison : Nursery Officer 
  • Ranjeet Wilkhu : Nursery Officer 
  • Shaida Begum : Nursery officer 
  • Sabrina Khan : Nursery Officer 
  • Anisa Majid : Learning Assistant
  • Naz Ayub : Learning Assistant SEN 
  • Sharin Iqbal : Nursery Lunchtime Supervisor 
  • Shaheen Hussain : Reception Lunchtime Supervisor 
  • Link Governor for EYFS : Sally Blunt 

EYFS Unit Opening Times 

Nursery Opening Times 

Morning Session: 8.30 - 11.30 

Afternoon Session: 12.30 – 3.30 

Reception Opening Times: 8.50 – 3.15