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        Adele Smith - Cherry Class Teacher              Natalie Ravenscroft - Oak Class Teacher

     Lucy Coward - PPA Cover Teacher / Class TA(Maple)                Shane Jacob - Cherry Class TA                     Sarah Herman - Oak Class Teacher

             Mark Dillon - Maple Class TA                                                                                                     Jennie Clark - Oak Class TA

                   Rachel Hanks - Nurture Group & Jump Ahead Leader, Maple Class TA               Tracey Appleton - Speech and Language TA   

                                                                        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. 





At St James' we value the transition process. We visit the children at both their Pre-School and home prior to starting school, as well as inviting both parents and children in to school for 'stay and play' sessions. The following are comments made by parents of our current Reception children:

We have been made to feel very welcome. There is a lovely atmosphere in the school and any questions or concerns have been answered and dealt with promptly


Lots of thought given to child welfare and settling in.


Our daughter had settled very well and is very excited to come into school each day. Thank you for helping to make ‘starting school’ a smooth transition


You all do a wonderful job of welcoming and settling in the children. Please do pass our thanks on to the entire staff team. The parents value you all so much. Thank you!


We are really happy with how this has all worked and S has settled really well and super quickly, thanks to the staff’s approach and how everything has been structured!