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Early Years

We value the Nursery and Reception Years as a stage of learning in its own right, as a transition between home and school, which builds upon the previous experiences of your child and prepares them for future learning too.


We offer 30 hours Nursery Provision for children aged 3 and 4.  Please follow the link: to see if you are eligible for free childcare or contact us on 01302 743145.


We know that this is your child’s first experience of ‘school’ and we want them to feel secure, excited and keen to come to school each day.


We want to build upon and develop their skills enabling them to become successful learners and confident individuals who will grow as responsible citizens.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is designed to be very ‘hands on’ and practical. It is characterised by a play-based, active approach to learning. It is designed to be experiential and fun, appealing to each child’s desire to communicate, to find things out, to build and create, to play and imagine. We build on previous learning and help develop the children’s social skills


The children have the opportunity to actively explore their surroundings through self initiated activities, carefully planned structured activities and stimulating learning experiences.

The Early Years team includes a qualified and experienced teacher who works closely with experienced Early Years support staff. We aim to establish a smooth and happy transition into school life and to build foundations for future learning.

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