“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”
We want to make sure we do our very best for young children at this important time in their lives.
Before starting school, we meet with the children and their parents to initiate a positive relationship that will be fostered throughout their child's education with us. This is an opportunity to have an informal discussion based around their child which helps inform our planning cycle and provision. 'Parents as partners,' we have an 'open door' policy and use a variety of ways to exchange information, we ensure parents preferences are noted. Each term parents are individually invited into the class to discuss their child's learning journey, a document showing a varied snapshot of their learning and passions from the previous week.
In our Foundation Stage, we set realistic and challenging expectations that meet the needs of our children. We meet the needs of all our children through:
- Planning opportunities that build upon and extend children’s knowledge, experience and interests, and develop their self-esteem and confidence;
- Using a wide range of teaching strategies based on children’s learning needs;
- Providing a wide range of opportunities to motivate and support children and to help them to learn effectively;
- Providing a safe and supportive learning environment in which the contribution of all children is valued;
- Use resources which reflect diversity and are free from discrimination and stereotyping;
- Planning challenging activities for children whose ability and understanding are in advance of their language and communication skills;
- Monitoring children’s progress and taking action to provide support as necessary.
- We develop language and a love of reading through a core text and the 'Word Aware' whole school approach.
'What is it like to be a child here?'
Our children feel at ease and confident to explore their natural curiosities by our commitment to provide an inspiring and exciting learning environment. Children feel excited about coming to school in the knowledge that their investigations can continue or they can choose to ignite another line of enquiry. Children can articulate what they know, understand and can do in an age appropriate way, holding thoughtful conversations with adults and their friends. Children feel free to challenge their bodies by running, climbing, jumping, dancing and being active, giving them a healthy mind and body. Children feel valued.