Early Years Foundation Stage
Nursery and Reception
We admit children when they are three years and six months to our Nursery which, along with our Reception class, makes up our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Children in these classes follow our EYFS curriculum which gives children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundations for good future progress through school and life. Our curriculum is language rich and each of our topics uses inspiring stories as starting points.
Children learn and hone new skills and knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Creative Designs
These seven areas are used to plan children’s learning and activities which are tailored to suit each child’s individual needs. The curriculum is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow each child's unique interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, by being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the Reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile, using the Early Learning Goals. This assessment is carried out by the Reception class teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for the children, have observed over a period of time.
Learning at Home
We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning. The activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development and have a long-lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. For example, talking, listening, reading, singing nursery rhymes, cooking and playing outside with them are all incredibly valuable activities that should be taking place at home.
Each child’s journey through the Early Years Foundation Stage is recorded in their ‘Learning Journey’ as well as on Tapestry and parents are encouraged to have an input into these to share in this journey too.