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Our Early Years Statement of Intent

Our Early Years Curriculum at Adel Primary School provides a secure foundation for future learning. We want our children to have a love of learning and to experience the awe and wonder of the world. We want them to be motivated, resilient, kind and respectful of others and the environment. We want them to leave us as independent, confident and happy learners.

We have a dedicated and enthusiastic Early Years team who work together to create a positive, caring and welcoming environment where children feel secure and are challenged to achieve their best.

As each child embarks on their learning journey, we provide rich and memorable learning experiences that takes into account the different needs, interests and learning styles of all our children.

Our curriculum is planned but personalised and flexible to equip each child with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need, in a holistic way, to ensure learning is embedded and meaningful.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Adel Primary School we follow the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework' published by the Department of Education, for both our Nursery and Reception Classes. It sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to 5. 

The curriculum is split into seven areas of learning which are all inter-connected. The children have access to all these areas during their sessions in Nursery and Reception and whilst working in the outdoor provision areas. The level of progress children should be expected to have made by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is defined by the Early Learning Goals set in each area of learning.

Our curriculum at Adel has been designed to ensure all children are given opportunities to expand both their skills and their knowledge. Our work with the children is a careful balance of child initiated and adult led sessions, allowing children to follow their won interests whilst exploring new and exciting topics. All children have a key worker who ensures the child's personal and curricular needs are met and cared for.



Areas of Learning


There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the EYFS; these are all closely inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for forming the basis to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three Prime Areas are:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development;
  • personal, social and emotional development.

We also support the children in four Specific Areas which are:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world;
  • expressive arts and design.

The Adel Curriculum


As each child embarks on their learning journey we provide rich and memorable learning experiences that takes into account the different needs, interests and learning styles of all our children. Our curriculum is planned but personalised and flexible to equip each child with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need, in a holistic way, to ensure learning is embedded and meaningful.  The curriculum is also led by school’s three key drivers GROWTH: Preparation for life; independence, resilience and wellbeing. DIVERSITY: Recognition and celebration of our diversity. ENGAGEMENT: Outdoor and ‘physically active’ learning. We have used these drivers to create six Early learning goals personalised to Adel and our children. These goals provide children with the solid foundations they need to move into school confidently and happily. 

We aim to work closely with our families and to create positive and supportive relationships. We recognise and celebrate diversity and the achievements of all our children and promote good health and wellbeing. Throughout their time in EYFS, the children will develop a sense of belonging to our school community and a readiness to transition to year 1. 

Adel Early Learning Goals

Please find below information regarding Early Years  at our school and links to useful websites.

Early Learning Goals

Admissions to Nursery 

If you would like to apply for your child to attend our Nursery please read the admissions arrangements below.

Our Nursery is a 26 place Nursery for children aged 3 and 4 years and the opening hours are from 8.45 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday term time only.  It is an education Nursery run by a qualified and experienced Early Years Teacher and Nursery Nurse.

If you would like your child to attend the Nursery class then you need to contact the school office in person or by phone (0113 2301116) to put your child’s name on the Nursery waiting list.  We take children the term after their third birthday if places are available.  There are three intake times in the year at the start of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. When a place becomes available we will contact you the term before your child is eligible to start.

You are very welcome to come and visit the nursery before you put your child’s name on the waiting list.

We offer a choice of options regarding Nursery sessions. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free provision and some children of working parents  will be  eligible for a further 15 hours free provision under the government ‘30 hours free early education and childcare’ scheme.   Please click on the link below for further information about this and starting Nursery.

Admissions to Reception Class

Admissions to our Reception class are administered by Leeds City Council, Children’s Services. Their Admissions Policy can be seen at: