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At Hurst Hill Primary School, teaching and learning is carefully planned in line with the 2021 Statutory Framework and Early Years Foundation Stage guidance.  

There are four guiding principles which should shape practice in early years settings.

These are:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates.

Following baseline assessments, Hurst Hill’s EYFS curriculum is carefully mapped out and driven by the interests of the children. Teaching and learning foci provide children with opportunities to explore and learn through play across the ‘seven areas of learning’. We plan and adapt the learning environments (both indoor and outside) with opportunities for engaging learning around these areas. Observations and milestones of achievements are recorded in each child’s learning journal.

The seven areas of learning are broken down into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific areas’:

Prime Areas

The three prime areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are:

  • communication and language (CL)
  • physical development  (PD)
  • personal, social and emotional development (PSED)

Specific Areas

Hurst Hill also supports children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

  • Literacy (L)  
  • Mathematics (M)  
  • Understanding the World (UTW)  
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Additional information regarding the statutory framework can be accessed here: 

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stageWhat to expect from EYFS can be found here:

What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: A guide for parents Details about Forest School in EYFS can be found here:​​Forest School Vision and ValuesEYFS Photo Gallery

Hurst Hill EYFS Curriculum




Nursery Staff

EYFS leader/Deputy Head of school

Mrs N Floyd

Nursery Manager / Childcare Worker

Miss J Morgan

Childcare Workers

Miss G Oliver

Miss B Williams

Nursery Forms

Please download a copy of the Preschool Registration Form