Early Years

'The children’s needs are exceptionally well met'    ISI Inspection March 2010

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consists of:

Owlets        2 - 3 years old

Owls            3 - 4 years old

Reception  4 - 5 years old

At Barfield School, we pride ourselves on creating a warm, safe and caring environment where children love to be.  They arrive at school full of beans, go home happy and stimulated, looking forward to the next.  

In each stage of the EYFS, Owlets, Owls and Reception, we treat each child as unique individuals, build strong relationships with them and their families and help them grow in all areas of their development.  As they move through each stage, the children continue on  their own learning journey,  at their own pace, at first alongside peers, then together and collaboratively, in a progressive way.   By the end Reception, the final year of the EYFS, they are confident, independent learners who begin to see themselves as Readers, Writers, Explorers, Problem-Solvers and Artists, ready for their continued education in Year One. 




Having good ratios of staff to children and small class sizes means we really know our children.  We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, through Play and following their own interests and through age appropriate topics.  In addition to this, and all children from our youngest in Owlets, all the way through to Reception and beyond into the rest of the Pre-Prep participate in exciting experiences such as Forest Schools, Swimming, Music, PE, Gardening and Cooking on a very regular basis.