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 encourage children to explore their own interests and knowledge and use these as unique starting points for our topics, before building on these topics using ‘Cornerstones’ (see here for more about Cornerstones, our creative curriculum.)
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.
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. To help you on this journey, we have put in place a number of opportunities for families to get to know our fantastic school.
Come and visit our nursery
We hold open mornings once a term for prospective families to visit our nursery, meet our team and have a play. This year’s Nursery open Days will be on:
Tuesday 25th February 9:30-11
Thursday 14th May 9:30-11
Visits from families are always welcome at any point in the year. Please call the school office on 01706 254848 to make an appointment and have a look around.
You are also warmly invited to Ferney Lee’s yearly Summer Extravaganza, taking place on Saturday 4th July! Expect music, food, forest-school activities, tours of our modern purpose-built building, craft tables, games and much more! More details closer to the time!
Current school year: 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.
1 September 2016 – 31 December 2016
1 January 2016 – 31 March 2016
1 April 2017 – 31 August 2017
*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, we offer 30 hours free childcare to ALL families. The maximum offer to any child is 30 hours (10 sessions per week) 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, please contact the school office on 01706 254848
Starting Reception: September 2020
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.
Joining our school during the school year
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
Have a look at our class pages for more information about our current learning:
Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR