The Early Years Foundation Stage

Starting school is an important and exciting time in a child’s life and at Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School we are delighted to be sharing this special experience with children and their parents. At aged three years children join our Nursery, which is situated in a separate building, close to the main school. At age four years, our Nursery pupils progress to the Reception Classes, in our main school building. Both of these years are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage of education.

As our Nursery and Reception children embark on one of the most important journeys of their life, our aim is to make this an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable experience which will establish the skills necessary for successful learning and development, and will also inspire within them the joy of discovery and the desire to know more.

The care and education offered in our Nursery and Reception Classes is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (DFE 2012).   We aim to provide the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.   Pupils also learn French in both the Nursery and Reception.

At Chiswick & Bedford Park we want to demonstrate a whole school commitment to the EYFS statutory framework to achieve quality in early years, giving children the opportunity to fulfil their potential, providing a place of attainment, not a place of containment.   We present them with an appropriate curriculum, which is designed to challenge and inspire, yet will also enable them to be successful.   Most importantly, we support them with a staff of highly qualified and experienced professionals, who are specialists in their field.

Children develop rapidly during this time – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. We offer clear and positive guidance of early learning through the Foundation Stage. We help our pupils to develop key learning skills, such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence and learning to work together with other children. We also guide the development of our pupils’ communication, literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare them for Key Stage 1 and the National Curriculum.

The curriculum of the EYFS underpins all future learning by fostering, supporting and developing the children’s range of abilities. It is organized within the following seven areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area is fundamental to all elements of the curriculum. We provide opportunities for the children to become valued members of their class and the School, and we help them to develop a positive attitude towards learning. We teach the children how to co-operate and work harmoniously alongside each other and we develop their attention skills and perseverance through a range of lessons and play-focused activities.

Physical Development

Children’s fine and gross motor skills are developed through play and structured tasks. We help them to develop an understanding of how their bodies work, and what they need, to be healthy and safe. Pupils also take part in outdoor games, gymnastics, dance-based activities, and have the opportunity to play on a range of wheeled vehicles outdoors.

Communication and Language

Activities are provided to enable our pupils to communicate in a wide range of situations, where they can listen and respond to adults and each other, whilst practising and extending their range of vocabulary. Role-play is a key feature in this learning experience.

Literacy

We teach phonics, reading and writing skills by offering opportunities for children to explore, enjoy and use words in a variety of contexts, and experience a wide range of stimulating books.

Mathematics

The children develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through practical tasks and teaching. A wide range of exciting resources enhances their learning and enjoyment. They also learn to record their ideas at a level appropriate to their stage of development.

Understanding the World

We are keen to channel children’s natural curiosity and encourage them to learn about the world around them. We provide opportunities for them to question, experiment, predict, plan, make decisions and solve problems in a variety of contexts. We enable our pupils to develop their skills in Information and Communication Technology, using a range of play-based and focused activities.

Expressive Art and Design

The children take part in a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative role-play activities to develop their ability to explore and share their thoughts and feelings.

Early Education Entitlement

The School offers 15 hours Early Education Entitlement for pupils up to the term in which they reach 5 years of age. This means that, should the system remain the same, the School will apply to the local borough for the 15 hours Early Education Entitlement on the parents’ behalf, up until the term in which the child becomes 5 years of age.