Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Department provides a happy, safe and nurturing environment where the children feel confident to express themselves, explore the world around them and develop their social skills. We focus on how a pupil learns as well as on what they learn. We consider each pupil as a whole, and understand that social, emotional, and physical well-being are all factors which impact on their current and future involvement and motivation to learn.
We follow the Statutory EYFS Framework (September 2014) in our Nursery and Reception classes. These standards ensure that children learn, develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
- Every child is unique, is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Children learn and develop well in an enabling environment, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between teachers and parents and/or guardians
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
- Communication and English Language Development – in a language-rich environment, the children develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. A weekly visit to the Library ensures that the children learn to love and respect books. Stories are shared and the children choose a book to read at home with their family
- Physical Development – specialist teachers provide opportunities for the children to be active and interactive in indoor and outdoor environments; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Emphasis is put on the importance of physical activity, and the need to make healthy choices in relation to food
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development - children are encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities and to make appropriate choices
- Literacy Development – Using the Jolly Phonics programme, children learn to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to stimulate their interest
- Mathematics – Using the Busy Ants programme, children develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and learn to describe shapes, spaces, and measures
- Understanding the World - children use exploration, observation and experimentation to make sense of their physical world and their community. Age-appropriate educational and recreational outings, with parental consent, take place throughout the academic year
- Expressive Arts and Design - children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. In Drama and Music, specialist teachers incorporate movement, music and role-play to encourage expression, and the sharing of thoughts and feelings.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of your child is a priority and, with over three decades of experience in childcare, we balance keeping your child safe while allowing them the freedom and independence they need to develop and grow. If an accident or illness occur while at school, a fully qualified nurse is on site to administer the appropriate medical care and to contact the parents or guardians.