I am delighted to be part of the staff team at Fatfield Academy as a leader within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). As a leader, I have worked closely and effectively with a range of agencies and manage staffing, rotas, planning, assessment, teaching and learning and behaviour within the early years setting. 

I have always been interested in how young children learn and I believe that young children learn best through a play-based curriculum with support from adults to support and extend learning. I believe if teachers, children and parents work together in partnership, then all children will be fully supported and challenged to achieve their unique potential.


 Mrs P Kirby

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
The word ‘curriculum’ is used to describe all of the learning experiences that children have at nursery and in reception. These experiences are consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which children will follow in nursery through to the end of their reception year in our school. We plan the curriculum to ensure that different areas of learning and experience are represented in the play and activities we provide.  We initially follow 'The Learning Challenge' curriculum which covers topic themes such as 'myself', 'Autumn' and 'minibeasts'.  However, in EYFS we also follow the children’s interests, and allow them to plan their own next steps in learning, therefore it is highly likely that other topics will emerge from the children themselves.
Year Group Expectations
Click below to visit the Foundation Years website, where you can download a free copy of ‘What to expect, when? A parents’ guide’. This guide will help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.