Bringing Out The Best In Every Child
Foundation Stage General Information.
The school's nursery and reception classes are set within secure units.
The Nursery operates a flexible day. Parents can choose how their child takes their fifteen hours across the Nursery week, bridging morning and afternoon sessions by staying for lunch club in the Nursery. Parents can purchase additional Nursery hours, above their 15 hours of free entitlement, subject to availability. Parents can also take advantage of before and after school clubs that run in the Nursery, and are available to all the children in the Foundation Stage Unit.
We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
The EYFS has four distinct principles
1. A Unique Child
In the Foundation Stage, we recognise that every child has different learning styles which are met through a range of differentiated, stimulating and challenging activities. We aim for children to enter Key Stage 1 as resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
2. Positive Relationships
During their time in Nursery and the Reception years, the children learn to be strong and independent. Through assemblies, play times, and a rich indoor and outdoor curriculum the children make strong friendships across the whole of the Foundation Stage.
3. Enabling Environments
Our spacious Nursery and two Reception classes have continuous areas of provision that support the seven areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage curriculum. Children have access to stimulating and challenging indoor and outdoor play/tasks which support both child initiated and teacher directed activities. All the Foundation Stage outdoor areas are secure enclosures, have access to a natural grassed area and each have a shuttered canopy for access to the outdoors during poor weather conditions. The children have access to the school hall and gym where teachers deliver discrete Dance, Gym and Games sessions. The children also visit the school library for story time and the Reception children can borrow school books for home reading.
4. Learning & Development
Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. All staff are involved in making systematic observations and assessments of each child’s achievements, interests and learning styles. These observations and assessments are then used to identify learning priorities which will be fed into future planning to ensure that activities are motivating learning experiences for every child across all seven areas of learning.
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Hampton (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) & Mrs Musgrave (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Mrs Sykes (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings) & Mrs Robinson (every afternoon)
Mrs Sykes, Mrs Waterworth, Mrs Travis and Mrs Hampton run the Nursery lunch club sessions.
Teaching Assistants: Miss Mundy supports the Reception Literacy lessons across both classes, working with small groups of children assisting them with their reading and writing. She is also actively involved with supporting children during creative/design and technology activities across the unit.
Miss Doherty supports the Reception Maths lessons across both classes, working with small groups of children assisting them with their maths skills, during the mornings and also supports their creative development during the afternoons.
Mrs Bell supports children in both Reception classes during Literacy activities using the outdoor area and also supports their creative development during the afternoons.
Breakfast Club Staff
Mrs Bell and Miss Brown run the Foundation Stage Breakfast Club. This club is held in the Nursery 7.45-8.45 am and is currently available for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children.
After School Club Staff
Mrs Waterworth, Miss Brown, Mrs Gornall and Mrs Robinson run the Foundation Stage After School Club. This club is held in the Nursery 3.15-5.15pm and is currently available for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children.