Early Years

Building strong foundations for the future

The Early Years Foundation Stage environment provides cognitive and physical challenge for all through stimulating provision, rich in problem solving resources and opportunities for open-ended activities that demand critical thinking. These will be accessed over extended periods, allowing depth and breadth of learning to take place. The role of the adult is crucial in spotting teaching opportunities and extending the learning.

 

A safe and happy environment

We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the children as individuals and work alongside parents and carers to meet each child’s needs, in order for them to reach their full potential.

We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observation of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning.

The seven areas of learning are:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematical Development
  6. Understanding the World
  7. Expressive Arts and Design
Early years children playing on climbing frame

All seven areas are important and inter-connected and are therefore taught with a cross curricular approach. It is also important that opportunities for children to use and build on their Characteristics of Learning (playing and exploring, active learning and critical thinking), are specifically planned for.

 

Children and families meet school staff, through home visits and welcome sessions, before children join Nursery or Reception. This allows children to make relationships and feel secure in their new environment.

Early Years staff work in partnership with parents, passing information about learning progress between home and school through face-to-face conversations and regular learning letters. We also welcome learning contributions to their learning journey

Playing with the sandpit

Online assessment and tracker

We observe the children and record their progress in a Learning Journal, which parents are able to access throughout the year. We record learning using photographs, videos, notes and comments about the children’s development and progress. In addition to this we use the Early Excellence Assessment Tracker which breaks down the seven area of learning into age-related statements.

We also follow the statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. At the end of their Reception year the children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals, which can also be found below.