Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Gwladys Street Community Primary & Nursery School. Please see these introductory videos that explain more about the EYFS at Gwladys Street!

The Early Years Curriculum has been revised and will become compulsory from 2021. Here is a link to the revised Development Matters Curriculum:


At Gwladys Street Community Primary & Nursery School, our Early Years bases are spread across the Foundation Stage One building (Nursery) and Foundation Stage Two building (Reception classes). Within each base, we are fortunate enough to have large indoor classrooms with inviting learning areas. The classrooms are set up with different learning areas that complement and enhance the EYFS. This includes a writing area, a maths area and a role play/creative area and many more alongside the exciting and stimulating outdoor areas.

Each base has access to outdoor learning with areas such as a garden area, climbing frame, balance beams, art area, outdoor dens, writing areas, maths areas, role play areas (including a mud kitchen) and many more!  Children will have the maximum opportunities to play and learn outdoors.

Our team plan responsively from children’s individual interests which evolve and develop over a term. We have themes and high quality texts which we introduce to provoke new ideas, thoughts and learning. Through working as a team with staff, children and families, we create an exciting curriculum where learning is fun and interesting!

The EYFS curriculum ensures that we plan learning opportunities in the following areas:

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Specific Areas



Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and design

For any other information please visit the following website

Foundation Years

Gwladys Street EYFS Values and Vision

EYFS Values and Vision 2020-2021

Early Years Documents:

Revised EYFS framework 2021

EYFS framework reforms: summary of changes September 2021

Development Matters

Birth to 5 Matters


FS1 (Nursery) 

Opening Time – 8:30 am

Lunch Time Collection – 11:30 am

Afternoon Session – 12:30 pm

Closing Time – 3:30 pm

At Gwladys Street Community Primary & Nursery School we offer 15 hours a week FREE child care for all 3 to 4 year olds.

We do offer additional hours. For more information regarding this, please speak to the school office.

FS2 (Reception) 

Opening Time – 8:50 am

Closing Time – 3:30 pm

Useful Links for Parents / Carers:

What to Expect…When

Universally Speaking: The ages and stages of children’s communication development – from birth to 5 years

Children as artists

Going out to play and learn

Helping children cope with change

Helping children with their behaviour

Helping Your Child Learn Science

Making a noise for music

Making their mark – children’s early writing

Maths is Everywhere

Science all around

The road to reading


Early Years Pupil Premium:

What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools by the Government to support the most vulnerable pupils to achieve, reach their full potential and be successful. The amount of funding received is determined by the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. The funding is to support all FSM pupils, LAC and Armed forces children.

Below indicates how the Pupil Premium funding will be spent for this financial year and the impact of previous funding.

Gwladys Street tracks Pupil Premium children’s progress carefully and draws up provision maps to ensure all Pupil Premium children receive support. Mr Moore is the Pupil Premium Champion for the school.

What could your child’s school receive?


Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years pre-school settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4 year-olds including, but not restricted to, those adopted from care.

The funding goes directly to registered early years providers (including pre-schools, nurseries and childminders) that offer children the free early education entitlement.


Funding equates to £302 per child per year (pro-rata for children who access less than the full free early years entitlement) and early years providers can choose how they use the money to improve the quality of provision they offer. For instance, they could:

  • Pool the Early Years Pupil Premium to purchase shared services such as an Early Years Graduate or Speech and Language Therapist
  • Provide additional training for staff
  • Enhance speech and language development initiatives

Funding for financial year 2019 to 2020

In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2019 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

Service Children – £300

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


This money will be used to support your child’s education.  You can see how we are planning to spend the money on our Pupil Premium Strategy Report.

Are you entitled?

Please follow the link below to check if you are eligible to claim Free School Meals for your child or speak to our Office Staff who will provide you with a form and they will check for you.





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