Every child deserves the best possible start to life and here at Pentland we have a caring and vibrant Early Year's Foundation Stage Unit to help your child begin their educational journey. Staff work carefully alongside parents to ensure that all the children here are happy, secure and confident learners.

Work has recently been completed to create a flexible and stimulating learning environment; one that allows us to cater for the developmental and learning needs of all children, from both Nursery and Reception Classes.  Bi-fold doors enable the environment to be altered according to the activities on offer and both Nursery and Reception children are offered a range of play and learning opportunities through Continuous Provision to extend and challenge their skills and knowledge.

Teaching and learning is planned carefully using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum; this is the statutory framework that sets out children’s learning and development in the Foundation Stage.  Our aim is to help children develop a broad range of knowledge and skills which form an important foundation for their future good progress throughout school and life. 

Much of the learning within the EYFS is play-based and experiential in nature.  The curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.

The 3 Prime Areas of Learning are:


Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 


These are the skills that children usually learn first.


The 4 Specific Areas of Learning are: 

Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design


These are the skills and knowledge that are more specifically taught and developed when children have become confident 


For more information about the topics your children will be learning about please see the yearly overview below (these are subject to change due to restrictions during lockdown and home school learning).

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