Welcome to BSE and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS),


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to The BSE and the EYFS department, a school that starts with the child and works for the child’s best interests.   First I will tell you a little about myself.


This is my sixth year at BSE, my second year as Head of EYFS and I’m excited to be back.

I am a qualified English Teacher with over sixteen years’ experience as a teacher and have increased my knowledge and skill set through personal study and training. I have extensive experience in the British National Curriculum, CIPP and IB following the PYP

My work experience includes but is not limited to:-

Head of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); Head of Primary; A class teacher teaching years 1 through 6 however, primarily focussing on Key Stage 1 (years 1 & 2).  I worked with Social Services in the UK in Child Care and Disabilities department for over 6 years helping children with physical, social and emotional issues.


I believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. All children are born with the ability to develop if they are given the chance during childhood.

Here, in the BSE, Early Years, teachers shape their practice according to the four overarching principles of the 2017 Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We do search for quality learning experiences for children and we believe that every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We consider that children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships. We do assume that children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and we continually work for a strong partnership between practitioners and parents.


I would like to mention that every child develops and learns in different ways and at different rates and every child is provided here with the opportunity to experience the world around them. The more a child experiences, the more they will understand.


One last thing to mention is that all children’s learning in the Early Years setting occurs through play. Play is the means through which children find stimulation, well-being and happiness. It is the means through which children grow physically, intellectually and emotionally. Play is the most important thing for children to do and the most relevant way of offering learning, both indoors and outdoors. Our learning environment is well suited to meeting children’s needs for all types of play, building upon first-hand experiences as much as possible.


I look forward to working with you and your children throughout the coming years.

Many thanks,

Clare Graham

Head of EYFS

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Foundation Stage (Pre FS) Age 2.5
Foundation 1 (F1) Age 3.5
Foundation 2 (F2) Age 4.5