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Foundation Stage - Nursery And Reception

                    Foundation Stage

                  Nursery And Reception

It is our aim to provide a stimulating environment which will facilitate a smooth transition from home to Nursery/School for both children and parents. We wish to work in partnership with parents throughout school so that children can achieve their best.
Parents will be invited to Induction Meetings before their child begins Nursery and Reception so that procedures, curriculum etc can be explained and questions asked.

Nursery staff will arrange a home visit before your child begins Nursery so that your child feels secure meeting unfamiliar adults with you present in their own home. This also gives parents the opportunity to share any worries or concerns that they may have with staff as well as celebrate their child’s strengths.
Your child can also show staff their favourite toys; meet family pets etc. all which gives common ground to help settle your child into Nursery.

Children will also have the opportunity to come to Stay and Play sessions before they begin Nursery. These are times when they can come into Nursery with parents to investigate the indoor and outdoor environments. Attending initially with their parents’ gives children more confidence for when they attend by themselves.

It is our aim in Foundation Stage to enrich and extend upon the experiences that the children bring with them to Nursery/Reception and to provide a curriculum that will meet the developing needs of each child.

On entry to Nursery and Reception and on an ongoing basis children will be assessed by the Foundation Stage staff. This will involve observations and staff working directly with them. This assessment will be used to plan appropriate differentiated programmes of study within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as outlined below.

Parents are important and valued within these assessments and will be invited into school to share their child’s interests and developments outside of Nursery/School during the Foundation Stage years.This informs the Early Years Foundation Profile and progress will be reported to parents.

If children have attended day care settings prior to attending our Nursery we would liaise with these providers to help us to understand your child’s needs.
Similarly our school Nursery passes assessments onto Reception so that your child has a smooth learning journey.



Communication and Language Development involves giving children the opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control and movement. Children are also taught the importance of physical activity, healthy diets and the importance of good hygiene.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others.
Also to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to help to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, simple calculation and the understanding of spaces, shapes and measures.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of the world around them by exploring and observing people, places, the environment and technology.

Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement to share their thoughts and ideas through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.

If you have any questions and would like to find out more about our Foundation Stage please contact us and make an appointment.

Thank you,
Lynn Watkins
Foundation Stage Leader/Assistant Head teacher