Early years education is important in its own right. Planned and purposeful play creates an environment where we can successfully build on our children’s interests and appetite for learning.

The curriculum is based on the strengths and needs of each individual child. There is a strong emphasis on developing the personal and social skills which encourage children to build relationships and become enthusiastic learners.

We want all children to feel safe and secure during their first weeks at school and a good home-school partnership helps us achieve this. We work hard to develop close relationships with parents by providing regular opportunities to meet with staff, become familiar with the resources being used and by providing useful information and opportunities for feedback.

The admissions procedure begins in early Spring. Following an invitation to Open Day, parents and children are then invited to an informal interview and places are offered at Easter. The class has 24 full time places. Children who are offered places are then welcomed into school at our New Entrants’ morning.

EYFS Aims

Recognising that all children are unique and special

Understanding that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates – physically, cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally.

Providing a safe, secure and caring environment where children feel happy and know that they are valued and loved.

Teaching children to express and communicate their needs and feelings in appropriate ways.

The overarching aims of the school are met in the EYFS through supporting each child’s welfare, learning and developmental needs by:

Encouraging children’s independence and decision-making, supporting them to learn through their mistakes.

Providing experiences which build on children’s existing knowledge and understanding in order to challenge, stimulate and extend their learning and development.

Providing effective learning opportunities in partnership with parents in a range of environments.

Forest School

One afternoon a week children take their learning into our Arden Garden. Being outside playing and exploring, gives children the opportunity to be creative, extend their imagination, enrich their language, build their confidence and self-esteem and experience a feeling of freedom. It also helps them to understand, enjoy and appreciate the natural environment, which in turn will encourage them to look after it as a child and as an adult.

When the positive benefits of teaching and learning in the outdoors are all compiled, there remains little doubt that this approach to education is both successful and long-lasting.

Early Years Outcomes

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires early years practitioners to review children’s progress and share a summary with parents between the ages of 24 and 36 months and again at the end of reception via the EYFS profile.

This document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.

Download: Early Years Outcomes