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Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception

Coming to school for the first time, can seem a big step for many children. Our aim is to make coming to school a happy experience where children will want to attend and thrive in their learning.

Before the 'big day' the Reception teachers and assistants spend time getting to know the children and their families so that we can foster good relationships and work in partnership in their education.  This involves visiting the children in their pre-school settings and providing the opportunity for them to spend time with us in school.  We also welcome written information from parents/carers and pre-school settings.

Nursery and reception children learn through the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum':

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is delivered through three prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

 and four specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

These areas of learning are underpinned by the Characteristics of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically

which enable children to learn and develop across all areas of the curriculum and support them in becoming successful motivated learners.

The children work at their own level, progressing through the appropriate Development Matters Age bands towards the Early Learning Goals (ELGs).  They experience many new activities and learn basic skills through play. The Early Learning Goal is the expected level of development for a child at the end of their Reception year.

At the end of Reception parents will receive a report which shares with you your child’s development within each area of learning, their characteristics of effective learning and whether they are working towards the Early Learning Goal (emerging), have achieved it (expected) or are working beyond it (exceeded).

Much of the learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage is achieved through structured play activities.  As the children mature, some more formal learning involves the teaching of skills in handwriting, reading, phonics and recording numbers.  Children are provided with planned learning opportunities, often in groups, to develop their individual needs at the time.

Parents/carers are welcome to talk briefly to the teacher at home time. For lengthier “chats” mutually convenient appointments can be arranged. We value parents/carers as the first educators and the Early Years Foundation Stage builds on the experiences the children have already encountered at home and in the community. There will be opportunities throughout Nursery and Reception for parents to attend ‘Stay and Play sessions’ in their child’s class