Early Years Foundation Stage

≈ Our Early Years foundation stage (Nursery & Reception) provides a stimulating and engaging setting for learning and play. We recognise and value the importance of children having access to a vibrant and well-resourced outside space as just as much rich learning takes place outside as it does inside. Our EYFS setting has its own dedicated outdoor area that has a range of areas with activities for the children to engage in including:

  • a large sand pit
  • outdoor kitchen
  • nature garden
  • climbing equipment
  • outdoor home corner
  • outdoor reading area
  • and even a London Taxi placed in front a mural of the London Skyline.

Both our environment and passionate teaching staff enables us to provide Manor children with the very best start to their school education.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage fosters children’s love of learning by developing children’s interests through our rich curriculum. Children are supported  to develop conversational skills and critical thinking. All children are encouraged to develop their independence whilst being supported to achieve their potential.

Parents are encouraged to start the day with their child in class to take part in a learning activity as part of the strong relationships we have with parents and carers.

Please take a look at our Nursery and Reception sites by clicking the icons above. This will give you information on the range of learning that takes place within our provision.

An example of a nursery display 


What do our parents say about our EYFS?

We value the feedback from parents and carers as we continuously look to improve our provision. If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please feel free to speak to a member of our team or email contact@manor.newham.sch.uk 


The Early Years Curriculum

The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) are the knowledge, skills and understanding which young children should aim to have acquired by the time they reach the age of five.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is made up of seven areas of learning; 3 prime areas and 4 specific.

The prime areas of learning are:

– Communication and Language

– Physical Development

– Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 The specific areas of learning are:

– Literacy

– Mathematics

– Understanding of the World

– Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL)

CoEL is about how children learn rather than what they learn. Children, particularly during their Early Years, form attitudes about learning that will last a lifetime, shaping their future education. This is why we value the Early Years so heavily as it really paves the way for their future success.

The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning which underpin our approach at Manor are:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and are willing to have a go.
  • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.
  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, are able to make links between ideas and develop a range of strategies for doing things.

For further information about our EYFS curriculum, please visit our Curriculum pages