Early Years Foundation Stage

Jennifer McQuillan has observed the excellent developmental outcomes of the many children in her London preschool and nurseries between 2007 and 2017, under the EYFS curriculum, with 2 x Good Ofsted gradings (2014, 2016) and 3 x Outstanding Ofsted gradings (2008, 2012, 2016) achieved. These are top gradings in England.

This curriculum at Under The Son Nursery School works perfectly in conjunction with CAPS (for both private and Govt. primary schools) when looking at a child’s developmental outcomes, however is more play-based, non-formal and child-led. The aim of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) is to ensure there is consistency of high quality care and level of learning in a child’s early childhood years.

There are 3 Prime Areas of Learning:
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We support our children in the 4 Specific Areas of learning, through which the 3 Prime Areas are strengthened and applied:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

Overarching principals of an EYFS setting (below):

  • Every child is a unique child
  • Through positive relationships children learn to be strong and independent
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
  • Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates


Alongside our Education curriculum we run our Bible curriculum, being a Christian-based nursery school. We encourage our children to be loving, caring and kind, to learn to be empathetic and thinking of their friend’s needs, plus being able to express their own needs, from a young age.

We explore mark making and literacy in creative and exciting ways, using a variety of found materials, which is informal, fun and memorable. We have the same approach with mathematics and other areas of development… puzzles and Lego and block play being fundamentals in pre-maths skills.