Our Early Years setting is made up of our Nursery class and our Reception class. Our learning is mainly play based with a free flow continuous provision setup in our spacious open friendly setting. The focus groups are carried out by our teacher Mrs Gilmour for Reception and teaching assistant Mrs McAteer for Nursery.

Reception are taken in focus groups of no more than four to carryout their curriculum work of phonics, maths, writing and reading activities. Nursery can also join the focus groups, increasing in time and frequency as they progress towards a Reception start in September.

The whole class join in with daily worship, PE, lunchtimes and whole school activities. They enjoy many ways of learning with outside learning featuring heavily in our curriculum.

We want children to be engaged in the learning process and for their learning to be relevant and purposeful. Therefore, we believe that children learn best by doing. We believe that play, both indoors and outdoors are an ideal vehicle for young children’s learning. Play helps children to explore, investigate and make sense of the world around them. Children are inquisitive and curious and we wish to build upon this in a positive and enjoyable manner.

Our core reference document is the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2021. We also use Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2021. This is a non-statutory guidance material that supports practitioners in the delivery of the EYFS and learning requirements. The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four guiding principles, three Prime areas of learning and four Specific areas of Learning.


Please see the link below for the EYFS Statutory Framework 2021:




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