Standards & Policies

There are several Government standards that educational settings must comply with, which inform policies that ESPS produce to show our compliance. 

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Early Years Foundation Stage

ESPS follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework 2014 (updated in Sept 2021), which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The EYFS Framework sets out legal welfare requirements, 7 areas of learning and development which guide a provider’s planning of your child’s play and activities, assessments of your child’s progress and expected levels or Early Learning Goals that your child should reach at age 5. You can find out about the quality of your child’s setting and how they are performing in relation to the EYFS Framework via Ofsted, the Government’s official inspection body for early years (see our Ofsted page).

There are 7 areas of learning and development in the EYFS Framework, 3 prime areas which children should mostly develop first and 4 specific areas which develop as they grow:

3 prime areas

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 specific areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

At the heart of the EYFS Framework is the principle that young children need to play in order to have fun, make friends and begin to learn about and understand the world around them. The play-based EYFS Framework acknowledges that every child is unique and that they learn and develop at different rates and in different ways.

For more information on the EYFS Framework you can download the document “Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage” from the Government’s website. A very helpful parent’s guide to the expected levels in the EYFS Framework at different ages called “What to expect, when?“can be downloaded from the Action for Children website.



Eaton Socon Pre-School has established a wide range of policies covering the topics of Administration, Curriculum, Every Child Matters, Health & Safety, Safeguarding, Staff and Welfare. Below is a list of all the policies held by the Pre-School. If you wish to view any of the documents please contact us and we will be happy to provide them to you.


  • Admissions

  • Arrival and Departure of Children

  • Complaints Made by Parents

  • Fees

  • Lunchtime Operational Plan

  • Parental Involvement

  • Recruitment Policy and Procedures

  • Written Reserves


  • Curriculum

  • Key Working/Key Person

  • Tapestry

Every Child Matters

  • Behaviour Management

  • Early Years Pupil Premium

  • Equality

    1. EAL Protocol and Statement of Intent

    2. Special Educational Needs and Disability

    3. Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality

  • Fundamental British Values

  • Intimate Care

  • Narrowing the Gap

  • Settling In

  • Transition

  • Two Year Olds

Health and Safety

  • Emergency Procedures

  • Emergency Closure

  • Equipment and Resources

  • Fire Safety

  • Food and Allergy

  • Health and Safety

  • Infection Control

  • Managing Medicines

  • Manual Handling

  • Outings

  • Risk Assessments

  • Sun Safe Care


  • Confidentiality

  • Missing Child

  • Non Collection of Children

  • Records

  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children including allegations of suspicion of abuse made against a member of staff

  • Social Networking and Blog

  • Use of Mobile Phones and Cameras and the Sharing of Images

  • Whistle Blowing


  • Staff Handbook

  • Staff Supervision


  • Asthma

  • Bereavement

  • Health related exercise

  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave

  • Racial Harassment

  • Staff protection

  • Stress


Food Safety

Eaton Socon Pre-School passed the Health Promoting Settings course run by Cambridgeshire County Council. In order to achieve the title, the Pre-School had to validate both the setting and their practices as promoting health, meeting and maintaining high standards of health promotion for young children.

The Pre-School is proud of the fact that they have been awarded the Food Standards Agency’s top rating of 5 (very good) in their last Food Hygiene inspection.


To fulfil our commitment to the specific duty within the Equality Act 2010, Eaton Socon Pre-School monitors personal information on the children in our care such as percentage of male and female children, ethnic group, the percentage of children for whom English is an additional language, percentage of children who are classified as having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and percentage of children who are Funded 2 year olds. This helps us to ensure equality at ESPS and that we are a fully inclusive provision.