St Joseph's Rotherhithe


The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps prepare for them for their future learning and successes. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. 

At St Joseph’s, we believe in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development for our pupils. We continuously encourage pupils to be independent, curious, creative and resilient learners who show respect for each other, their communities and the environment.


We follow the statutory framework and guidance detailed in the EYFS, using our extensive experience we observe, plan and teach children in early years.


We provide a broad and balanced Early Years curriculum: -

  • based on first hand experiences and purposeful interactions
  • through carefully planned adult-led, adult-initiated and child-initiated activities
  • whilst having a regard for the skills and attitudes the Key Stage One curriculum will demand


- We aim to make the child’s first experience of school happy, positive and fun.

- We aim to foster a love of learning and develop enquiring minds

- We aim to instill Characteristics of Effective Learning such as independence, resilience and confidence

- We aim to promote emotional well-being

- We aim to build positive relationships and work in partnership with families (recognising that parents are their child’s first and foremost educator), carers and professionals to support every child to develop and learn.


Please see below for our full Early Years Policy

st josephs eyfs policy 2023 24.pdf




At Joseph's  we use the Birth 2 Five Matters Non-Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage to support our curriculum planning. Please see below for the parent information leaflet. 

b25m parent leaflet a5 4pp art.pdf



Please see below for ways you can help your child in maths at home

maths at home tips and activties.pdf


maths in everyday routines.pdf


maths talk for home.pdf


household items maths handout.pdf

 10 ways to help your child in maths with the Cbeebies Numberblocks CLICK HERE


You can find links to helping your child with reading and writing on the Phonics page on our website.


Below are links to websites that will support your child's learning and development;

Click HERE for the the NHS Start for Life website


Click HERE for the BBC Tiny Happy People website