Children are welcomed into the Early Years Nursery programme from the age of three and normally progress into Reception class in the August following their fourth birthday. We provide a safe, warm, caring and stimulating environment in small classes with a main teacher and qualified assistant teachers to ensure individual attention. We encourage children to develop self-esteem, and the confidence to become independent and make decisions. All within the framework of The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

EYFS is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.

These are:

  1. Communication and language
  2. Physical development
  3. Personal, social and emotional development

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive arts and design

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Become self-confident
  • Have awareness of their own feelings and feelings of others
  • Take an interest in things
  • Become independent
  • Tell the difference between right and wrong

Communication and Language

  • Talk confidently and clearly
  • Show awareness of listener
  • Enjoy listening to stories, songs and poems, showing good attention
  • Follow instructions
  • Answer questions about stories

Physical Development

  • Move confidently
  • Control their body
  • Handle equipment
  • Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing and undressing independently

Literacy

  • Hear and say sounds and link them to the alphabet
  • Read and write familiar words and sentences
  • Learn to use a pencil effectively

Mathematics

  • Develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play
  • Become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger’
  • Be aware of shapes and space

Understanding the World

  • Explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it
  • Build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for
  • Find out about past events in their lives and their families’ lives
  • Find out about different cultures and beliefs

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Colours and shapes
  • Making things
  • Role play
  • Making music and singing songs