Ferney Lee Primary School

Great things happen here

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848


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.

 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 teaching and learning. We pride ourselves on being able to support our children's development by carefully balancing our teaching between child initiated play and focused and directed sessions. We use topics for each half term, and this directs our learning alongside our childrens voices and interests. 

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

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk, https://www.gov.uk>early-years-foundation, https://theschoolrun.com


What can you expect in our Early Years?

 We strive to ensure that every child is supported to develop their potential.

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 (current covid related regulations permitting)..


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, 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.

Friday Enrichment

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.

 (see here for the Enrichment Activities for the rest of the school)


Do you like what you see?

Starting school is a big moment and a big decision for parents.

Visits from families are always welcome at any point in the year. 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


Starting Reception:  September 2021. 

Children born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 are eligible to begin Reception class in September 2021. Applications for a place must be made between November 19th 2020 and January 15th 2021. Applications are made directly through Calderdale Council, not to the school.


Joining our school once the school year has begun:

If you would like a place in this Years 2020-2021 Reception class, please follow the 'in-year' admission process outlined below.

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 Nursery:

Children start nursery class from the start of the school term following their third birthday.

You can work out the earliest date your child will be eligible for a place in Ferney Lee Nursery from the table below.

Birthday between

Start from

1 April 2018 – 31 August 2018


1 September 2017 – 31 December 2017

January 2021

1 January 2018 – 31 March 2018

April 2021*

*Children born in April will start the following September no matter when Easter holidays actually fall.

All children are entitled to 15 hours a week of free childcare (“universal entitlement”) at a community school nursery (such as ours).

At Ferney Lee, we offer wrap around care during term times, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7:30am, and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

In addition to the universal entitlement of 15 hours (5x 3 hour sessions per week), we also accept the ‘extended entitlement’ of 15 hours for working families, and offer all children 15 discretionary hours. Therefore, our early education offer is 30 hours free childcare to ALL families. The maximum offer to any child is 30 hours (10 sessions) combined entitlement per week.

Parents should expect to pay for additional services over and above the early education offer, such as meals, day trips and wrap-around care where needed.

If you want a place for your child in our nursery, or to look around, please contact the school office on 01706 254848


Have a look at our class pages for more information about

our learning and topics

What are we learning about this half term in Reception?

Why do Ladybirds have spots?

What are we learning about this half term in Nursery?

Somewhere Cosy

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848