Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage



At St James' Infant School, we aim to ensure all children are supported to achieve the five outcomes of Every Child Matters – being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which inspires each child and challenges them to be the best they can be whilst ensuring a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. Our Early Years provision allows children to learn in a variety of environments including our Early Years area, local parks, our on-site Woodpecker Forest School and even through trips to the beach!


Our EYFS Handbook explains our routines and approaches to teaching and assessment within the Early Years. 



The EYFS Team


At St James' Infant School we have three EYFS classes. Each class has a full-time Teaching Assistant and we have additional Teaching Assistants who work 1:1 with children and provide additional general support. 


Sarah Greenfield - Maple Class Teacher and EYFS Leader                   Nicky Williams - Cherry Class Teacher                 Natalie Ravenscroft - Oak Class Teacher

     Susan Sweatman - PPA Cover Teacher (Maple)                         Lucy Coward - Cherry Class TA and PPA Cover              Sarah Herman - Oak Class Teacher

             Shane Jacob - Maple Class TA                                    Emma Fairweather - Cherry Class TA Monday am                     Helen Cox - Oak Class TA

                    Tracey Appleton - Speech and Language TA      Rachel Hanks - Nurture Group & Jump Ahead Leader   Michelle Kwok - General TA




The EYFS curriculum at St James' Infant School is designed to ensure the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Our learning journey follows the termly topic alongside KS1 and also incorporates opportunities for children to explore their own interests. At the end of Reception, children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals as set out in the EYFS Framework. 



NEW ENTRANTS - September 2018 start


Stay and Play Sessions:


Morning Entrants

          - Tuesday 3rd (with parent) and Tuesday 10th - 9.30-10.30

Afternoon Entrants

          - Thursday 5th (with parent) and Wednesday 11th - 1.30-2.30


Home Visits will be on either Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th September - dates and times are in individual packs. Please let us know prior to the day of your appointment (via email or phone) if you are unable to keep this. 


First day:

Monday 10th September (part time)