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: