Foundation Stage

Age 4–6

Primary school Years 1 and 2 make up the Foundation Stage. Children build on the learning experiences that they bring to school from home and/or pre-school. They learn through well-planned, challenging play that develops their interests, curiosity and creativity.


Curriculum at Foundation Stage

The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The learning opportunities provided should help young people to develop as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.

The statutory curriculum in Foundation Stage is set out under the following Areas of Learning and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

The Development Pathway

Latest News

CCEA launches Wellbeing Hub for Primary, SEN and Post Primary Learning

Published: 17/09/2020, 1:30pm

CCEA has launched a Wellbeing Hub to support children’s and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. The Hub is being developed in collaboration with the Departments of Education and Health, the Public Health Agency, the Health and Social Care Board, and the Education Authority (EA).

CCEA Marks Official End of School Year

Published: 01/07/2020, 11:30am

CCEA marked the official end of the school year yesterday by recording its thanks to everyone involved in the alternative awarding arrangements for the Summer 2020 examination series.

Online Publication of CCEA’s Curriculum Monitoring Programme: Stage One

Published: 29/06/2020, 11:45am

Today, CCEA has released the findings and feedback from the first stage of the curriculum monitoring programme. Originally intended for release earlier this year, the launch had to be postponed due to the global health emergency. Almost 1000 teachers provided their feedback and thank you to those who took part in a range of direct feedback, surveys and focus groups.

CCEA Launches Student Resource on Health and Wellbeing

Published: 23/06/2020, 1:00pm

At CCEA we recognise this is a difficult time for everyone. Especially for our young people their families and loved ones.

New look e-newsletters launched

Published: 09/10/2019, 12:33pm

September 2019 saw the re-launch of CCEA’s Primary and Post-Primary e-newsletters to accompany the existing Foundation-Stage and SEN e-newsletters.