Weaverham Forest EYFS is for children from 2-5 years of age. We have provision for 30 children in Reception and provision for 30 pupils in the morning (9am-12pm) and 30 pupils in the afternoon (12pm-3pm) in nursery.
Applications for our Nursery school should be made direct to the school. An application form is available on request and should be returned to the school as soon as possible.
Our Nursery school offers a high quality early years provision with a personalised approach. Through our fun, engaging and creative curriculum, we ensure all of the children in our care work towards successfully achieving the Early Learning Goals and are well-prepared to make the transition to primary school.
Our planned, purposeful play covers the seven areas of learning identified by the Department for Education which are all very important and interconnected. There is a balance of adult led activities and child initiated activities. The Early Years’ team work closely to deliver a curriculum which provides a balance across the areas of learning from nursery school to the end of the reception year.
The seven areas of learning
The three prime areas of communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. It is very important for children to develop the three prime areas first as they are most essential for a child's healthy development and future learning.
Also, as children grow the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
The prime areas are:
Communication and Language (giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations).
Physical development (providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food).
Personal, social and emotional development (helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; 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).
The specific areas are:
Literacy (reading and writing – encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write).
Mathematics (counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, describing shapes, spaces and measure).
Understanding the world (guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment).
Expressive arts and design (enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology).
We want all our children to learn by playing and exploring, by being active and through creative and critical thinking. We use both the indoor and outdoor environments so that children can develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
We work hard to give every child the opportunity to achieve their best as we believe every child is a unique child who is constantly learning.
Collection of assessment data is a statutory requirement so both teachers and other adults make regular observations and record their findings against the Foundation Stage Profile. From these, teachers are able to plan and deliver learning opportunities according to pupils’ needs.
In addition, during the first term in the Reception class, the teacher assesses the ability of each child, using the Foundation Stage Profile and creates a baseline. These assessments allow staff to adjust the teaching programme for individual children and groups.
The information contained in the Foundation Stage profile is shared at our parents’ evenings 3 times a year. By the time they reach the end of the EYFS stage (end of reception class), children should have achieved the 17 Early Learning Goals.