Early Years Foundation Stage

Here at Precious Times we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This covers children’s development and learning from birth to 5 years.


The EYFS along with Development Matters supports us in delivering high quality provision for each and every children who attends with us, we aim to support children’s holistic development our INTENT for all children leaving us for their reception year at school is that they are

- Independant and Capable People

- Confident Communicators

- Interested and Enthuiastic Learners


This is achieved through meaningful interactions and the relationships we build with the children during their time with us within a warm, friendly and calm environment as well as partnerships with the children’s families and any necessary outside agencies.

The EYFS is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born their early years experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure to support their learning and development.


The EYFS sets out:

  • The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements which are the legal aspects that all childcare providers must adhere to, to keep your child safe and promote their welfare; this includes ratio's health and safety and administration of medication.
  • The 7 areas of Learning and Development.
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.
  • Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the 'Early Learning Goals'

Here at Precious Times your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development.


We develop the 3 prime areas first as those are the most essential for your child’s holistic development and future learning. These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical
  • Personal, Social and Emotional

As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the 4 specific areas. These are:

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

For further information about EYFS please click on the links below:

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Development Matters - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)



Experiences and Opportunities

Here at Precious Times we spend time getting to know your child through interactions, observing, playing and modelling. We use this knowledge during our time with the children to support their learning and development there and then during their play or during their following session through our enhancements to the continuous provision.


Staff use a secure app called Blossom to add photos and notes of children’s achievements, we also share lots of pictures regularly to our Facebook page. You are able to submit your own pictures and notes to the online journal too which is always appreciated by staff as it gives such a good insight into your child.



Telephone numbers:

Precious Times

Riverside: 01472 340800


Precious Times

Laceby Acres: 01472 872143

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