Early Years

In the Early Years at Fairlawn, we strive to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children, thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents/carers and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.

We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum, based on our observation of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve the early learning goals and successfully transition into Year 1.

All seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected, and are therefore taught through a cross curricular approach. It is important that the Characteristics of Learning (engagement through playing and exploring, being motivated through active learning and creating and thinking critically,) that underpin these curriculum areas are specifically planned for. Skills such as independence, curiosity, resilience, collaboration, and reflection are critical for success through all stages of life.

Children and families meet school staff before children join Reception, and gradually build up to a full session, allowing children to make relationships and feel secure in their new environment. School adults work in partnership with parents, passing information about learning progress between home and school through face to face conversations, email and in our half termly learning letters.


We follow the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage document.