Early Years Foundation Stage

The curriculum used by the playgroup is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework for all early years settings. The EYFS is grounded on the idea that young children learn through play.

The EYFS divides children’s learning into the following areas :


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


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

We record the progress of each child towards a set of early learning goals in each area. These goals are based on what most children will be doing by the end of the EYFS which comes at the end of their reception year.

Early-Years-2This means that what they do at playgroup will carry through into their reception year at school.


This is the most important area of development from which everything else follows. Children are provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. We encourage them to develop respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.


This popular role playing area is available every day.

It gives excellent opportunities for co-operative play and conversation.

And we have dressing up areas as well as a variety of role playing areas.


Early-Years-3Learning to communicate is essential for the development of reading and writing. Children progress by becoming communicators. Learning to listen and speak emerges out of non-verbal communication and these skills develop as children interact with others. They learn to use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.

Reading starts with children understanding and enjoying
stories, books and rhymes. Writing is about children understanding the relationship between the spoken and written word through the making of marks, drawing and emergent writing.

Our Book Corner provides a wide variety of books, rhymes and storytelling opportunities. In addition, staff use Signalong to assist in language development. We find that all the children benefit from and enjoy singing and signing.

Displays, posters and labelling add to the word rich environment.

The mark making area provides opportunities for writing and drawing.


Children are supported in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a broad range of contexts. Children gradually learn to know and use numbers and counting in play and move on to recognise and use numbers to develop mathematical ideas and to solve problems.

Children are encouraged to use numbers, to count, to recognise shapes and patterns and colours.

Mathematical games and puzzles are always provided. Displays and posters help to create a maths rich environment.


Children are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world.

Early-Years-5They are given opportunities to use a range of tools safely, encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments.

They explore a variety of materials, construction and ICT. They find out about past and present events, become aware of the world around them and begin to know about their own and other people’s cultures.

We have a wide range of construction toys and the children can select their own tools.

We plant and grow through the year and encourage recycling.

Happy Hands has ICT equipment the children can access.

A range of early years educational software is utilised to promote reading and mathematical skills, as well as developing familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse.


The children are provided with a wide range of indoor and outdoor equipment which gives opportunities for them to be active and interactive in order to improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement.

They are encouraged to make healthy choices in relation to food and understanding the importance of physical activity.

We have a range of large physical equipment for indoor and outdoor play …

…and also material to encourage small manipulative skills.


The children are given access to an extensive array of creative media to express their ideas, including art materials, music and dance and role play.

Every area of the play room and the outdoor area is designed to support the development of their imagination.

St John’s and Happy Hands believe that each child is unique and special to God.

We also believe children learn best through play in a safe and caring environment, which we have been blessed to provide in our preschool in Leyland for over 40 years!

We hope you will consider us when looking for a place for your child.