The Nursery and Reception classes belong to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children learn through play and exploration, active learning and creating & thinking critically. There are three prime areas of learning: personal, social & emotional development; physical development & communication & language. The specifc areas are: literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; expressive arts & design. For further information http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/early-years-foundation-stage-2012/
St. Ann's Nursery offers full (15 hours) and part-time (30 hours) places for children aged three years. Full-time sessions start at 9.00 am and finish at 3.30 pm. Part-time places are flexible and can be a mix of mornings & afternoons across part or all of the week. Morning sessions run from 9.00 am until 12.00 pm and afternoon sessions start at 12.30 pm and finish at 3.30pm. A school Breakfast Club is available for all children from 8am daily.
In the September following their fourth birthday, children join Reception class. Though many nursery pupils do stay on at the school, attendance at St. Ann's Nursery does not guarantee a place in reception class. For more information please refer to our school Admissions Policy.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage we work in partnership with parents to provide high quality, enjoyable learning experiences and inclusive practice. Through purposeful play and planned activities we provide a stimulating curriculum that meets the needs of all our children.
At the end of reception class a profile is completed which summarises children's' progress and achievement in the seven areas of learning as follows: Personal and Social development, Communication and Language, Physical development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. More detailed information about nursery or reception class can be found in EYFS booklets for parents.