Nursery and Reception (Early Years)

We welcome children into our well-equipped early years classroom from the term in which they are three. The nursery boasts a free-flow outdoor area together with the latest facilities and equipment indoors across two rooms. It is staffed by two experienced Early Years Teachers, supported by two equally experienced Teaching Assistants.

The Key Person

What is a key person?

Children thrive from a base of loving and secure relationships. In our EYFS setting this can be supported by a key person. A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a small group of children who helps those children in the group feel safe and cared for. The role is an important one and an approach set out in the EYFS framework. It involves the key person in responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, such as when they are new to a setting or class, and supporting the child’s well-being. The key person supports physical needs too, helping with issues like nappy changing, toileting and dressing. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and one who builds relationships with the child and parents or carers.

Records of development and care are created and shared by the key person, parents and the child. Small groups foster close bonds between the child and the key person in a way that large groups cannot easily do. These groups allow the key person to better ‘tune into’ children’s play and their conversations to really get to know the children in the group well. Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result become more capable learners.

Of course, in our setting, all members of our team will care for and support your child, but his/her named key person has a special level of responsibility for the care of your child.

Who is my child’s key person?

School will contact you and make sure you know who your child’s named key person is. If you have forgotten or are unsure, please contact school.

Curriculum

We are proud to be an early-adopter of the new EYFS curriculum which became statutory in 2021. The curriculum focuses on high-quality, engaged teaching, with less focus on observation and puts a lot of emphasis on language development and interaction. If you would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please feel free to contact school.

Enrichment

We have a dedicated Forest Schools leader 3 mornings a week who specialises in EYFS. In addition, EYFS children take part in yoga and balance biking at various stages throughout the the year. We are delighted to be able to provide our children with these experiences; making a positive contribution to their well- being and life long happiness.

Virtual Tour

Please take a look at this Virtual Tour, which will give you a snapshot of a typical school day.

We are proud to be able to offer full time nursery provision for those who want it. Those families who are entitled to 15 or 30 hours’ funded child care may take this up (or part of it) in our setting. The Nursery operates daily in two main sessions: 

  1.  From 9.00am to 12.00pm
  2.  From 12:30pm to 3:30pm 

Nursery children are also welcome to stay for lunch. Further details about costs and entitlement are available from our school office and we will happily advise you on how to explore your funding and entitlement options with the Local Authority and Government, especially if this is your first experience of early years’ provision for your child(ren). 

Feel free to contact school to make a no-obligation appointment to come and have a look round. 

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Resources

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Nursery Information Pack
Reception Information Pack