Welcome to EYFS at Whitgreave
Here at Whitgreave we believe that ‘getting it right’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage allows children to build the vital foundations in their learning and development that are required for successful learning in the future. We are proud of our EYFS and our children love coming to school to learn a vast range of new things. Our curriculum is divided into prime and specific key areas of learning and development.
The prime areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
- The learning characteristics:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
Within EYFS at Whitgreave we currently have provision for children aged 2 – 5 years old and offer tailored and exciting learning opportunities for all children depending upon their age and stage of development. We have three separate rooms 2’s, Nursery and Reception. Children access the correct provision for their age group.
Whitgreave’s Little Wonders
This is our provision for our 2 year olds. Currently, we offer both morning and afternoon sessions with the capacity for 12 children in each session. During their time in the 2’s room, your child will participate in a range of stimulating and engaging learning opportunities which will enable them to access all seven areas of learning but with a larger focus on the prime areas of; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.
A typical day for your child will consist of a combination of adult directed activities and also child initiated play.
We offer both funded spaces and paid spaces for parents who are not eligible for funding. To discuss availability and funding or costs please contact the school office.
This is our provision for our children aged 3 and 4. We currently offer both morning and afternoon Nursery sessions with the capacity for 30 children in each session. A typical day for your child in Nursery will consist of adult focussed tasks and child initiated learning. Lessons and activities are carefully planned to meet the needs of the your child and take into account all 7 areas of learning but with a focus on the prime areas of: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The Nursery environment is planned and resourced carefully to give children a wide variety of playful learning experiences. As a Nursery operating within a school environment, staff plan sessions carefully to enable your child to be as ‘school-ready’ as possible.
Our Reception classes are two-form entry, meaning we can have 60 children on roll in our two classes. Within the Reception unit children will complete their daily sessions in smaller ‘Key –Groups’ and will be allocated a Key-Group Leader to enable them to build effective relationships.
A typical day for your Reception aged child will consist of adult focussed tasks and child initiated learning. This approach enables the children to encounter a wide range of learning and experiences and to prepare them for their future education.
- Red polo shirt
- Navy blue Whitgreave sweatshirt/jumper
- Black/grey trousers (no jeans)
- Black/grey school shorts
- Back shoes (no trainers)
- Black, grey or white socks
- Red polo shirt
- Navy blue Whitgreave sweatshirt/jumper or cardigan
- Black/grey trousers (no jeans) or skirt/pinafore
- Blue checked Summer dress
- Back flat heeled shoes (no trainers)
- Black, grey or white socks
- White, grey or red tights
Please note: Children in Terrific Twos are encouraged to wear black jogging bottoms instead of trousers to assist them with easier toileting.
Stay and Play Sessions
We offer weekly Stay and Play sessions which are open to all families, including those whose children do not attend Whitgreave. Sessions are held on Mondays from 1:30 – 3:00 and are for children from birth to five years old. We hope that by visiting us for Stay and Play sessions, families are able to interact with staff and get to know the EYFS environment. Sessions allow for free choice play and also offer a range of planned fun opportunities e.g. messy play, fine motor play and much, much more.
Here at Whitgreave we recognise the benefits of and hugely value the relationships we have with parents. We understand that parents can give us an invaluable insight into their children’s learning and development and this helps us to inform our practice within the classroom. We use a system called Tapestry to help us to communicate with parents about their children’s learning within the classroom. As a parent you will receive observations, photos and videos of the activities your child is participating in during the day, you will also be able to send observations to staff to show them the things your child is doing at home. This on-going communication really helps us to form a rounded picture of each child and their learning and development. We also operate on an open-door policy and all staff members are happy to discuss any issues or concerns with parents and will also be delighted to share the positives too!
Parental Engagement Timetable
We know that children enjoy learning in lots of different ways and understand the importance of using the outdoor space to support all areas of learning. We have a wonderful outdoor area that was redesigned and updated in 2020. It now incorporates lots of different learning areas. Each one of these spaces lends itself to a different area of learning and development e.g. clamber stacks for gross motor development, a stage for imaginative play and a two story den which allows us to take a range of lessons outdoors.
Children within the EYFS can also utilise the Forest School space during our ‘Welly Wednesday’ sessions. These sessions are led by our trained Forest School leader and supported by the EYFS staff, they include lots of fun activities including; den building, bug hunts and campfires. Welly Wednesdays are a firm favourite with both staff and children because they offer such a new and exciting learning environment.
We know that moving through each phase within their learning journey can be very daunting for a child of any age, so within EYFS we aim to make all transitions as smooth and as stress free as possible for our children. We plan sessions which enable the children to meet their new class teachers in their current learning environment. This may mean that staff move around within school to other classes to meet, interact with and teach children who are about to move classes, or this may mean that staff visit other settings to meet the children who are moving to Whitgreave.
The next phase of transition allows children to ‘visit’ their new classrooms and get to know this new environment before it becomes their permanent learning space. Staff also hold detailed transition meetings to enable new staff to gather all of the necessary information about the children who are moving to them. At Whitgreave we pride ourselves on the consistency we have in our systems across the entire school. This means that children are familiar with expectations and ‘how things work’ as they move from one year group to another and helps to make the whole process smoother.
These are some quotes from both Parents and our Children
“Lovely staff, very caring, they’ll do their upmost for the children. They treat you like family.” NH Mum
“Great staff, the kids always come out with a smile on their face, only wish the school day was longer!” ST Dad
“Staff are warm and friendly. It works well for the children to move forwards from EYFS onwards. I like that they use Tapestry on a daily basis so I can see what they are doing. it gives me good feedback about their day.” CW Mum
“My children always love to come to school, they always have a smile on their faces. They talk about seeing their friends and teachers. They love bringing work from school home to show me and Mum.” ZA Dad
“I just love coming to this school and being in Reception!” RP
“I like playing with the toys and all my friends.” ZR
“I love all my teachers because they are kind.” VT
“I like literacy because we listened to the Monkey Puzzle story and then I wrote all about it.” KI
“I love school because we have so much fun!” KW
“I love Welly Wednesday the best!” LM