Early Years

In the Early Years at Golders Hill School we aim to ensure that the beginning of a child’s education is a happy and fulfilling experience.

Your child’s early years are such a special time and those of us privileged to work with 1-5 year olds see the world open up before them as they explore through purposeful play. The teaching ethos from Pre Nursery through Reception is varied and practical. Children are encouraged to explore, question and enjoy their learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) precedes Key Stage One and is designed to ensure that all children are kept healthy and safe, at the same time developing knowledge and skills which are both broad and balanced. In doing so, it builds a firm foundation on which to base future education and skills as well as resilience for life.

Teaching and learning in Early Years is shaped through seven aspects that are interlinked. These are implemented through planned, purposeful play, with a balance between adult-led and child-initiated experiences.

These prime areas are seen to be crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm as well as expanding their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive as they progress through their specific area of learning and development.

Prime Areas
Physical Development
Communication and Language Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas
Understanding the World

Expressive Art

Parent Partnerships

We value parents/carers as important partners in our children’s learning, for we seek their unique knowledge, thoughts and opinions in order to combine with our professional expertise. In this way, teaching and learning can be tailored to each individual child’s needs.

Wellbeing and Involvement
In EYFS we monitor each child’s well-being and level of involvement in play as this provides us with useful information to ensure they are receiving, and are receptive to, a learning environment of the highest quality.
Early Years teachers observe, nurture, extend and develop children in their first learning experiences. This enables teachers to prepare a detailed profile of each child which forms the basis of their future learning.