Early Years Foundation

The Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Nursery and Reception at Park Hill School, we provide an inspiring and stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors. Children are encouraged to make friends, play together and become self-confident. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone so we constantly review the children’s learning. Thus we can ensure that each child makes progress in every area of the Foundation Curriculum and is prepared for the National Curriculum that begins in year one.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Our curriculum follows the Foundation Stage curriculum which develops learning through three prime areas and four specific areas:

The prime areas develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences.

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication Language
  • Physical Development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for all children to participate successfully in society:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and design

The curriculum is delivered through topics.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Nursery Myself Ourselves and our senses Exploring colour Journeys (travel and movement) Changes (people & plants) What is water used for?
Reception Me and my family Ourselves and our world Colour (primary, secondary & colour mixing) Making journeys Changes (life cycles of animals) Water in its different forms

The children experience a balance of planned and free play activities supported by well qualified staff. They are encouraged to become independent, confident, involved and happy learners.

Nursery

Nursery is able to accommodate 30 children at any one time. This year we are offering 30 morning places and 30 afternoon places. The nursery is staffed by qualified teachers and teaching assistants.

Nursery Times

Morning session 08:30 11:30

Afternoon session 12:30 15:30

Reception

The schools admissions number is 90. Our admission process is part of the Local Authority co-ordinator scheme. Application forms are available from the local authority in the autumn term before admission.

Reception Times

Morning 08:50 12:00

Lunch time 12:00 13:00

Afternoon 13:00 15:15

It is very important that your child’s first experience of school life is calm and relaxed. The children start gradually in small groups, giving them and their parents’ time to get to know each other and us. Some children will take longer than others to settle in so we are happy for parents to stay with their children to begin with. This helps them become used to the routines of school and we agree together when it is the right time for the child to be left.

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