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Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 


At Donington-on-Bain Primary School we strongly believe that young children learn best through play and exploration. Play-based experiences enable the children to consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding and enable them to be become independent and resilient learners. Throughout the environment, both inside and outside, you will see busy children actively engaged in a wide range of activities that they themselves have chosen. Continuous provision supports and encourages our children and staff to have a lifelong love of learning.


Children in their first year at school are in the Reception class. The curriculum taught is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children enter this class during the academic year in which they turn five. At Donington on Bain we work with individual families to ensure that your child’s start in school is positive and fulfilling. The partnership between school and home is of great importance to us as it helps cement positive relationships and attitudes to school right from the start.


Our Early Years children are provided with large chunks of child-initiated learning throughout the day. This allows them to use what they know in ways that interest them. The role of the adults in this time is to support and question the children, making observations and pushing the learning on further. Our children can free flow between the classroom and our large outside areas. We provide these opportunities no matter what the weather as we understand that children benefit from outside learning whatever the weather. 



Downloadable version of our Early Years Foundation Stage on a Page

Downloadable version of our EYFS - Curriculum Map

Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage