Early Years Foundation Stage

At Harpur Hill, the Foundation Stage has both Reception classes as well as our own Governor-run Nursery. 




Starting School

Children usually start Reception in the September prior to their 5th birthday. For details on how to apply for a place for your child in Reception or Nursery, please see the Admissions section of the website (click below):



School Readiness

Derbyshire parents, carers and professionals have identified the 10 keys to unlocking school readiness. These will help parents and families understand what their children should be able to do by the time they start in a reception class, if they are developing typically for their age.

  • I can settle happily without my parent or carer.

  • I can tell friends and grown-ups what I need.

  • I can take turns and share when I am playing.

  • I can go to the toilet on my own and wash my hands.

  • I can put on my own coat and shoes and feed myself.

  • I can tell a grown up if I am happy, sad or cross.

  • I know that what I do and say can make others happy or unhappy.

  • I am curious and want to learn and play.

  • I can stop what I am doing, listen and follow simple instructions.

  • I enjoy sharing books with grown-ups.


More information about the early years of education can be found on the website below



    EYFS What to expect when - Parents Guide