Springfield Academy Foundation Stage Unit

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.”

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five), Department for Education on 27 March 2012.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit is a welcoming and stimulating environment, which encourages children to explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves as well as learn through first hand experiences. Caring, reassuring practitioners within the unit create an environment where children feel secure and confident, as well as challenged to develop their independence. Children have access to both indoor and outdoor areas, all day long, all year round!

Learning through play

“Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. In their play children learn at their highest level. Play with peers is important for children’s development.”

(Early Years Foundation Stage, Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2007)

At Springfield Early Years Foundation Stage, work is play! We support children’s learning through planned play activities, deciding when child-initiated or adult-led play activities would provide the most effective learning opportunities. During play, children learn at their highest level, they explore and investigate, helping them to make sense of the world. Activities are planned for both the inside and outside area. Children have the freedom to move between the indoor and outdoor classroom throughout the school day.

The learning environment inside is divided into a variety of different areas, for example: role play area, book corner, creative area, sand area,  water area, small world, large and small construction and an ICT area . The unit is organised to meet the needs of individuals, with quiet areas and areas that are more active. Continuous provision enables children to locate equipment and resources independently. Our children are supported to become independent learners, taking responsibility for initiating their own lines of enquiry and investigation.

Having the freedom to access the outside has a positive effect on children’s development. Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors, it offers the children the opportunity to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant.

We are extremely lucky to have such an extensive outdoor area, which offers the children a vast range of experiences and opportunities. We spend lots of our day outdoors! Nature and the weather provide a range of purposeful contexts that the children can become involved and engaged in. The planting of bulbs and seeds, the opportunities to investigate, the experience of different textures and resources such as sand, water and mud.

At Springfield Academy, we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. This begins with staff observing the children and assessing their interests, development and learning, before planning challenging but achievable activities and experiences to extend the children’s learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework from birth to five years old, to provide a range of learning experiences through which children have opportunities to develop the Characteristics of learning:

EYFS staff plan together to ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced across the following areas of learning;


You can access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum via this link:

Development Matters

Any questions, please contact Mrs Paula Austin, Deputy Head and EYFS Lead