Our Foundation Stage provides a balance of play based and adult led learning, which is promoted through enabling environments and positive relationships.
Children do not compartmentalise their learning but learn holistically. Each child in our school is unique with the vital role of play, child development and the characteristics of effective learning being understood by all members of staff.
These characteristics describe factors which play a central role in a child’s learning. They run through and underpin all 7 areas of learning and development and represent processes rather than outcomes.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four Key Themes, three Prime areas and Four Specific Areas of Learning.
The themes are:
- A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
- Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
The three prime areas are:
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The four specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
We encourage parents and carers to also share learning at home with the school. Below you can download and print 'WOW' cards which can be filled in and sent into school with the children when they do something amazing at home or have a 'WOW' moment.
In September, we operate a three week transition period before your child begins their agreed sessions.
Week 1: Home visits are undertaken during the first week of term.
Week 2 & 3: Children attend nursery with reduced hours, increasing to the agreed sessions.
However, every child is unique and some children may need a different settling in period.
In the summer term we start our transition to aid the children’s move to their chosen school. If your child is staying at Richmond our process runs throughout the summer term.
Summer 1: All reception staff visit weekly forming relationships with the children.
Summer 2: All children visit reception weekly, becoming familiar with their new environment.
If your child is moving to another school, your chosen school will contact you and us to inform of their transition process