Welcome To Foundation Stage



At Hillcrest Early Years’ Academy we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a curriculum tailored to meet the needs of children until the end of their Reception year. 

This curriculum consists of three prime areas and four specific areas.

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.  The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge.  These areas provide important contexts for learning.

In our setting we have a Nursery class and two Reception classes.  The Nursery has a morning and afternoon session and has a qualified teacher, an experienced nursery nurse and a nursery apprentice.  Each Reception class has a qualified teacher and the Reception year is supported by three qualified teaching assistants. 

The Nursery and Reception children are able to mix together in our well-resourced outdoor environment, enabling us to meet the children’s individual needs and promote their Personal, Social and Emotional skills.  This, in turn eases the transition between Nursery and Reception. 

We aim to create an enabling environment in our Foundation Stage with a balance of adult led, adult supported and child initiated activities.  This means that opportunities will be provided for your child to extend their learning in their own play.  We ensure our provision meets the children’s needs and actively encourage children to apply their newly learnt skills in an area that interests them.  This supports children to develop as an individual and as an independent learner.  We have an inclusive policy at this academy and activities are not gender specific, we actively discourage discrimination of any kind.  Provision for children with Special Educational Needs is specific to cater for their individual needs.

In the Foundation Stage we support and encourage children to develop their personal and social skills.  This includes being able to flush the toilet, wash their hands, get dressed and undressed independently, put their coats on and do them up, follow rules and routines, share and play alongside other children.  We also have very firm behaviour expectations, these include following instructions, no biting, kicking, hitting etc. and following the rules and routines. 

Our aim in the Foundation Stage is to provide every child with an individual and enjoyable learning environment.  We want them to enjoy their time in our setting and develop as an independent learner and we will ensure that they build upon their learning with your help and support.