"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10


Our Early years staff work in the Reception classes with children aged between four and five. They plan and carry out activities in line with the requirements of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).

This involves developing work schemes and lessons plans to motivate children and imaginatively using resources to help them learn.

The staff develop the social and communication skills of children and provide a safe and secure environment in which every child can learn. They build and maintain relationships with parents and guardians to further support pupils, as well as operate within multi-agency networks to ensure the correct support is available.

Staff record observations and summarise the children's achievements. They focus on optimum child development and preparation for a successful transition to primary school education.

Responsibilities

Mrs Winter, Mrs Blamire and Mrs Haywood  teach all areas of the foundation stage, which is focused on helping children to achieve early learning goals. This includes:

  • motivating and stimulating children's learning abilities, often encouraging learning through experience;

  • providing pastoral care and support to children and providing them with a secure environment to learn;

  • developing and producing visual aids and teaching resources;

  • organising learning materials and resources and making imaginative use of resources;

  • assisting with the development of children's personal, social and language abilities;

  • supporting the development of children's basic skills, including physical coordination, speech and communication;

  • encouraging children's mathematical and creative development through stories, songs, games, drawing and imaginative play;

  • developing children's curiosity and knowledge;

  • working with others, including teaching assistants and nursery nurses as well as volunteer helpers, to plan and coordinate work both indoors and outdoors;

  • sharing knowledge gained with other practitioners and parents;

  • observing, assessing and recording each child's progress;

  • attending in-service training;

  • ensuring the health and safety of children and staff is maintained during all activities, both inside and outside the nursery or school;

  • keeping up to date with changes in the curriculum and developments in best practice.

Our early years teachers make home visits prior to a child starting nursery or school and, where appropriate, might also visit providers of pre-school care, such as day nurseries.

In order to meet the requirements, we follow 'Development Matters' and children help to plan their own learning.