Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years curriculum is broad and balanced ensuring a ‘school readiness’ developing attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding. It provides a strong platform for future years and a continuing thirst for learning. With recent government changes our curriculum has been updated to create a range of stimulating and exciting themes to engage young children in the learning process. This continues to evolve as we plan around the needs and interests of individual children allowing for fascinations and talents to be catered for.
The EYFS building, which opened in July 2010, provides a safe, secure and exciting environment for children to learn with areas allowing for outdoor and construction play as well as quiet reading time, encouraging free-flow play. The resources are well organised and easily accessible therefore encouraging children to be responsible and independent within their learning. Nursery and Reception work side by side therefore developing interaction and social skills across the phase.
All our staff are very experienced and highly committed ensuring all children grow in confidence by nurturing the individual and inspiring children to be the best they can be. We provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which your child can develop as an independent learner. Through positive relationships the children learn to be part of a wider social group, respecting and supporting each other. We promote all aspects of development; social, emotional, creative, physical and intellectual, developing the whole child. We enthuse, motivate and challenge all children ensuring they reach their full potential.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is play-based, broad and balanced ensuring ‘school readiness’ developing attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding. There are opportunities for both free play and structured play with a range of stimulating and exciting activities both indoors and out to engage children in the learning process. We plan very carefully to ensure that all children achieve their full potential. Planning continues to evolve to meet the needs and interests of each cohort allowing for fascinations and talents of the individual to be catered for. The Foundation Stage includes Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery am and pm) and Foundation Stage 2 (Reception).
Teaching and Learning
A high priority is to develop the enjoyment of reading as this is crucial to aid learning. Therefore book sharing begins in FS1 followed by a scheme of books introduced in FS2. Our Reading Scheme is banded at each stage, primarily based on the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, supplemented with a variety of books at each stage to provide breadth and depth.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the year, based on the Development Matters Stages from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the Early Learning Goals. These assessments are based on observation-watching and talking to the children. Alongside these observations, more formal teacher assessments will also take place with an 80/20% split. Ipads are used to record observations of individual children; this will provide us with a chronological record of each child’s progress and development. The EYFS Framework outlines the learning objectives for FS1 and FS2. These are guidance for observations and assessments. In FS1 children usually begin on either the 22-36 months or the 30-50 months age band. In FS2 the children usually begin on the 40-60 months band moving onto the ELG (Early Learning Goal). This is an expected National standard which is reported to parents at the end of the year.
EYFS Comparative Data – 2019 Measure of Good Level of Development (GLD)
After School Care
A school based wrap-around is available for Nursery children (11.50am – 3.20pm). The FS1 (Nursery) ‘wrap around’ provision’, is run by highly qualified school staff who work alongside FS2 children and staff for the afternoon session. Children are able to enjoy the close links with school, supporting whole school events, etc.
Morning Nursery finishes at 11.50 am. The additional provision will run from 11.50 until 3.20 pm each day. We will be asking for a current contribution of £5.10 per session per child for those eligible for the free 15 hours, which will cover the additional 30 minutes each afternoon, snack and drinks.
If your child is not eligible but you would like to use the provision the cost is currently £18.20 per session.
To check to see if you are eligible please visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk You will be given a 30 hour eligibility code which will need to be validated by the DfE this will be done through our local authority. Please complete the attached form and return it to the school office for processing.
Eligibility for the additional extended entitlement will include households where:
- both parents (whether two-parent family or lone parent) are working and earning a minimum of the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the National Minimum or Living Wage (includes income received from tax credits or Universal Credit) and one parent’s income does not exceed £100,000
- both parents are working but one or both parents are temporarily on leave (parental, maternal etc.)
- both parents are working but one or both parents are temporarily on statutory sick pay
- parents on zero hours’ contracts and those who are registered as self-employed
- one parent is employed and the other parent has either:
- substantial caring responsibilities and or a disability
- is a foster carer with their own 3 and 4-year-old children
They are also able to have a school lunch (£1.95 per day at present, although this may increase slightly in the future), taking advantage of the excellent meals prepared on the school premises. Full information regarding Monty’s is available in the introduction session in June or via the school office.
If you require care before 8.50am or after 3.20pm, we have Berkswell Windmill Wraparound, a school run before and after school club. Please see “Before and After School Care” for details.