Early Years Foundation Stage (eyfs)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the age range from birth to five years of age. There are seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS curriculum, which are outlined below.

The EYFS sets out that there our 7 areas of learning and development. There is the expectation that children should have a firm foundation of the 3 prime areas as these have been proven to be essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

The 3 prime areas are:  Communication and language, Physical development &  Personal, social and emotional development

As children grow and strengthen their skills in the 3 prime areas they begin to develop their abilities in the 4 specific areas. These are: 

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world 
  • Expressive art and design

At Brookside Pre-School we understand that children progress these 7 areas of learning through play, when they feel safe and happy in their environment.

We plan and utilise a range of resources both indoors and outdoors to provide your child with opportunities to be active, creative and experience critical thinking through both child and adult led activities.

For More information on the EYFS and the Development Matters please visit the following websites: 



Outdoor Play and Adventures

At Brookside we believe that the outdoors provides children with vital development opportunities which can not be replicated indoors.  The chance to connect with the natural world; first hand experiences of life and growth; endless opportunities for creativity and imagination; improved fitness and physical development – the countless benefits of outdoor play have a real positive impact on children's lives.

Our children have open door access to a spacious and secure outdoor play area every day regardless of the weather!  Our outdoor are is set up with a range of exciting activities to ensure that children have the opportunity to access all areas of the EYFS whilst playing outdoors.  We have an undercover area where children can keep dry if they wish or we can go puddle splashing in our wellies and waterproofs!

We so lucky to have woodland areas so close by to our Pre-school. We take the children on 'outdoor adventures' most days where we explore the natural environment for example we might go on a scavenger hunt with out buckets and magnifying glasses, we go on listening walks, transport spotting and use our imagination to go on a bear hunt! 
Our children love our adventures and we really value this quality time where we often see a different side to children's knowledge and understanding.

We also go on walks to our local area such as parks, Gatley Green, to the shops and any local events.