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Welcome to Northfield Manor Primary Academy. We are part of Victoria Academies Trust. If you would like to know more about the Trust, please click on the link at the bottom of this page.

Early Years Foundation Stage


The Early Years Foundation Stage runs from birth to five. Children at Northfield Manor Primary School join in the final year of their Foundation Stage (Reception) in the academic year that they turn five.

For young children there is no distinction between work and play. Their work is their play. Their play is their work. It is adults that impose that distinction. Learning for young children is a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes.

During the Foundation Stage, many of these aspects of learning are brought together effectively through playing, learning and talking. 


At Northfield Manor Primary School we endorse the aims of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is done by setting standards, providing equality of opportunity, creating a framework for partnership working, improving quality and consistency, and laying a secure foundation for the future. We also aim to create strong links with Parents and Carers.

Principles of Early Years Education

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling Environments 

A Unique Child

We recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways, at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement, as well as celebration/ sharing assemblies and rewards, to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning.






Positive Relationships

At Northfield Manor Primary School we recognise that children learn to be strong independent from secure relationships. We develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families.

We value the involvement of parents in school. Parents are always welcome to have a chat with the staff after school and we regularly send home Newsletters and update our webpage. Parents are invited in for one INSPIRE workshop each term and also workshops teaching specific skills. A report is sent out at the end of the summer term and parents are invited into school to discuss this report if they wish. It is important to stress that if parents are concerned in any way about their child they should telephone or call into the school to make an appointment to discuss their concerns with the class teacher, Foundation Stage Leader or the Head Teacher. 

Enabling Environments

We create a functional and stimulating learning environment where children feel confident, secure and challenged. The children have daily access to an indoor and outdoor environment that is set up in discrete areas of learning with planned continuous provision. Effective learning builds and extends upon prior learning and following children’s interests where possible. Effective planning is informed by observations of the children to ensure we follow their current interests, developmental needs and experiences. These observations are recorded in the children’s individual digital learning Journey’s using our IPAD app “2Build a Profile”. Play based learning is paramount and children direct their own learning from carefully planned opportunities provided by staff. Staff enhance play and extend this as appropriate to further develop individual learning.