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Welcome to our Early Years

 Vision Statement

Children are happy, engaged and learning to their full potential.  We want children who are involved in a good balance of adult and child led activities, across a range of areas, including making effective use of the outdoors.  We feel it is very important that all children are given opportunities to achieve their full potential.  To achieve our goal we need to ensure rigorous structured and differentiated planning and time to communicate effectively with the team. We also value and encourage children to be confident when learning within the three Characteristics of Learning. 


New Starters information

We warmly welcome you to our Early Years setting.  Below is information that we feel will be useful. 

Every child will be offered a home visit before their entry to Nursery. Home visits are a good opportunity to meet you and your child and to share with yourselves information about our school. We strongly recommend that the visit happens.  Your child with also be invited to visit Nursery before their start date.  There will be one session where you are able to stay with your child. Please see the transition plan for further information and details. 

Every half term your child will be given a class newsletter.  This should give you all of the information that you may require.  If you require further information then please ask a member of the Early Years team.  The newsletters are also available to view on the website.


We recognise that transition into and out of our Early Years can be difficult for some children. We have written a full transition plan, which is on our website.

We will always offer extra transition opportunities for any children that are finding it difficult. If you have any questions, or you would like to discuss transition further, please contact Caroline Fowler – EYFS Leader.

Areas of Learning and assessments.

At the end of Reception, each child will be assessed against 17 key areas called the Early Learning Goals (ELG's). This is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile. For each early learning goal, practitioners must judge whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception year (‘expected’), exceeding this level (‘exceeding’), or not yet reaching this level (‘emerging’).

The completed EYFS Profile also includes a short commentary on each child’s skills and abilities in relation to the three key characteristics of effective learning. This will support future curriculum planning and will provide the Year 1 teacher with important information about each child’s approach to learning.

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

All schools and Ofsted registered early year’s providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning, however they are not be used as checklists as each child develops at their own rate and in their own way, similarly children do not need to have achieved every part of each ELG to be deemed as at the expected level of development. Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.

 The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design 

Our Learning Environment- Why the Learning Environment is important

We know that a rich and varied environment supports children’s learning and development. It gives them the confidence to explore and learn in secure and safe, yet challenging, indoor and outdoor spaces.

An appropriate physical environment is one in which children feel safe, happy, cared for and relaxed. It offers children access to indoor and outdoor spaces in which they can explore, create, think, learn and develop with the support and interactions from sensitive, knowledgeable adults.


We have an amazing outdoor space.  We encourage our children to be outside everyday and in all weather. Please ensure your child always has a warm, waterproof coat. We do provide wellies, but you may wish to send your child with a pair to ensure they are the correct size / fit.  


Staff in the Early Years

Early Years Leader  - Mrs Caroline. Fowler

Nursery Teacher - Caroline Fowler

Nursery Nurse - Mrs Carol Priestland

Nursery Nurse - Mrs Sarah Kershaw

Nursery Nurse - Mrs Leanne Sarsfield

SEN Support - Miss Georgia Barraclough


Balloon Room Class Teacher - Mrs Lisa Inman/Mrs Sarah Tate

Kite Room Class Teacher – Mrs Sarah Thornton/Mrs Sarah Tate

Nursery Nurse Mrs Emma Ellis

Nursery Nurse Mrs Suzanne Plimley

Miss Rachel Hughes - ETA

Mrs Ruth Carnley - ETA

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