Early Years Foundation Stage
“Children in the early years thrive as a result of enthusiastic teaching and an interesting curriculum” Ofsted 2019
Welcome to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) page, otherwise known as nursery and reception.
We love to learn through play and follow our own interests. We pride ourselves on a balance of child initiated play and direct teaching. Through the positive relationships we build with the children in our setting, and with their families, we are able to put every child’s unique interests at the heart of our learning.
We follow the Governments 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage Framework: ‘Development Matters’. The children’s learning and development is taught and assessed through the Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL) and the seven areas of learning presented in this document.
Useful links to find out more about the Early Years Foundation stage
What can you expect in our Early Years?
We strive to ensure that every child is supported to develop their potential.
Alongside direct teaching, we use our stimulating and inviting classrooms and outdoor areas to support hands on learning through play in our continuous provision, where children will engage in self-initiated tasks in order to develop the skills in all seven curriculum areas. Because we recognise that the way in which children learn now, will enable them to become lifelong learners, we embed the principles of the Characteristics of Effective Learning in our practice, planning, assessments and dialogue with the children.
We want children to enjoy coming to school, to see learning as interesting and fun, and for them to become independent and imaginative learners. We begin each term using memorable moments based on half termly topics (see here for more about Cornerstones, our creative curriculum.), whilst encouraging children to explore their own interests and knowledge.
Parents as partners
We actively encourage parental participation as valuable partners in supporting and celebrating children’s achievements. Parents have open invitations to visit their child’s class, and it is requested that they always do so during their child’s focus week. We also encourage parents to volunteer in class, attend special events and open days, and assemblies. We enable regular opportunities for communication about each child's progress, either face to face or through Seesaw, the learning and sharing app.
Focused Learning Opportunities
In addition to our play based learning, Reception conduct various directed teaching sessions over the course of a week. These include Read Write Inc phonics sessions, focused maths, literacy and topic; PE with our Early Years PE practitioner, focused music sessions, and a weekly Forest School session with our Forest School Accredited Early Years teacher Mrs Haymer.
In Nursery, direct teaching sessions (or carpet time sessions) increase over the school year. Read Write Inc sessions begin in the Summer term, whilst PE, Forest School and Music occur throughout the year.
On Friday afternoons, the reception class take part in Enrichment Afternoon. The children are supported in completing a set task or learning an explicit skill. Some of the activities include: sewing purses; baking cakes and cookies; clay modelling; parachute games; creating pop-up cards; origami and many more.
Do you like what you see?
Starting school is a big moment and a big decision for parents.
If you would like to come and visit us, please get in touch with the school office who would be happy to arrange a time for you to do so.
Call on 01706 254848 to make an appointment and have a look around. We'd love to meet you and your child!
Starting School: Important dates
This year Nursery and Reception classes begin on Thursday September 10th.
Children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 are eligible to begin reception class in September 2020. Applications for a place must be made between November 2019 and Mid January 2020. Applications are made directly through Calderdale Council, not to the school. If you would like a place in this Years 2020-2021 reception class, please follow the 'in-year' admission process outlined below.
Joining our school once the school year has begun:
For a place in reception or the rest of the school, ‘in-year applications’ must be made via the Calderdale Council website https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/education-and-learning/schools/admissions/year-transfers
Starting Reception: September 2021
If your child was born between 1st September 2016 and August 31st 2017, they can begin Reception in September 2021.
You can apply between November 19th 2020 and January 15th 2021.
Have a look at our class pages for more information about
our learning and topics:
Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR