The Foundation Stage consists of the Nursery and two Reception classes.

There are three Nursery sessions, morning 8.45am – 11.45am and afternoon 12.15pm – 3.15pm each taking up to 26 children. We also offer 30 hour provision for those parents who are eligible and whose children will be beginning Reception class the following September. The Nursery is staffed by a teacher and a nursery nurse.  Aplication to Nursery may be made by completing an application form available from the school office. (Please bring proof of your child’s date of birth and baptism if applicable.)

We have two Reception classes staffed by two teachers and teaching assistants.  The school day begins at 9.00 am and finishes at 3.05pm.  Application to Reception must be made using the form provided by the Authority and must be completed online. 

Parents are welcome to view the school at any time before deciding if St Anne’s is the right school for you and your child. We realise seeing the school in action is the best way to make an informed judgement and will support this important decision any way we can.

A place in our Nursery Class does not guarantee a place in Reception year.  For further information please refer to the School Admission Policy.

The aim of the Foundation Stage is to lay a secure foundation for future learning and development.  Individual needs and interests of the children are taken into account and are used as a basis for future planning.

The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills:

  • being confident in themselves
  • learning to work and co-operate with others
  • listen attentively in a range of situations
  • use talk to express themselves effectively
  • developing control and co-ordination in large and small movements
  • ability to manage their own hygiene and personal needs
  • demonstrate knowledge of the importance of good health, of physical exercise and a healthy diet and ways to keep healthy and safe.

The EYFS curriculum is made up of 7 areas of learning.

The most important areas (especially in the Nursery) are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These are known as the Prime areas. The Specific areas include Literacy (Reading and Writing), Mathematics (Numbers, Shape, space and measure), Understanding the World (People and Communities, The world and Technology), Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and using media and materials and Being imaginative).

Characteristics of Effective Learning include:

  • Playing and exploring-engagement
  • Active learning-motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically-thinking

At St. Anne’s we aim to provide a stimulating environment, both indoor and outdoor, which encourages exploration, investigation and creativity.  Play is an important part of a child’s development and as such opportunities are given for both independent and cooperative daily play.

Before entry to Nursery a home visit is made where staff will talk to you about your child.  Within the first half-term initial assessments will be made by the class teacher, this will then form a baseline (together with the home visit observations) for us to then monitor your child through our Early years setting, ensuring progress is taking place, (all children begin their school journey at different points). Observation and assessments will be ongoing and are used to inform planning.  Progress will be discussed at Parent/Teacher meetings and also informally on a day to day basis.  Each Wednesday there will be an open session available from 2.30pm to 3.05pm to give you the opportunity to view their Learning Journey file.  Please speak to us about anything you feel is important for us to know about your child.

By the end of Foundation Stage the staff will have built up an accurate profile of each child’s development.  This will be shared with parents, Year 1 staff and the local authority.

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Riley, Early Years Leader.

EYFS Policy July 2019

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