Welcome to the
Early Years Foundation Stage
At Southwick Community Primary School, we understand the importance of providing children and families with a secure learning environment emphasised by our professional, approachable and friendly staff.
Our Nursery staff for 2021-2022 are:
Miss Buxton (Teacher and Penguin Group Key Worker)
Miss Cogdon (Teaching Assistant and Polar Bear Group Key Worker)
Miss Stothard (Teaching Assistant)
Miss Guthrie (Teaching Assistant)
Organisation of the School Day
The nursery is split into various learning areas including; sand, water construction, writing, reading, maths, role play, art, creative, playdough, small world, fine motor, music and sensory. These areas are called ‘continuous provision’.
Our learning environment and activities stimulate and challenge the individual needs of all of the children.
Your child will have the opportunity to work in these areas every day. Your child will be able to use a wide range of resources to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Throughout the year there will be whole class teaching times, small group times, and individual work for children in our setting. There will be a balance of adult initiated activities and child initiated activities. We aim to foster a sense of independence and will provide developmentally appropriate activities for children to make choices and decisions about their learning.
The children have access to the outdoor learning environment throughout the school day.
Key Worker Groups
Each child has a Key Worker who is a named member of staff who will act as a point of contact for you if you have any worries, queries or concerns about your child. This Key Worker will be helping your child to settle into school, to support their development and to help your child to cope with any changes of routine throughout the school year. This system helps staff to build close relationships with individual children and their families and to promote a sense of well-being and belonging. Your child will still work with all members of staff in the setting at various times during the day, but will start and finish each day in their key worker group.
Your child’s progress and achievements in all areas of the curriculum will be observed and assessed. Staff will focus on strengths and areas for development that children may encounter, to enable them to make progress toward the next stage of learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Our curriculum covers the seven areas of learning stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. These are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. However, at Southwick we recognise that learning through play is a natural process for young children and aim to build upon their natural curiosity. We want to ensure that learning is rewarding and enjoyable whilst recognising that children learn best when their interests are followed.
Things to Remember…….
- Send your child in to school with their book-bag every Monday. These will be used in school and returned home on a Friday for parents to support reading at home.
- Ensure that everything, including coats and water bottles, have name labels on them.
- Help your child practice putting their coat on and doing it up.
- Send children with weather appropriate clothing. Always send your child in with a coat for our very unpredictable weather!
- In the summer, sunscreen and a hat are essential! Please apply sunscreen at home and if needed we can reapply from a bottle with your child’s name on it.
Morning Session: 8:45am – 11:45am
Afternoon Session: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Full Day Session: 8:45am – 3:30pm
Dates for your diary
P.E – Monday
Nursery children do not need a PE kit. Children remove their jumpers/cardigans, shoes and socks.