At Hateley Heath, children are admitted to Nursery in the term following their third birthday.
At Hateley Heath, we greatly value the importance that the EYFS plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. However, we also believe that early childhood is valid in itself as part of life. It is important to view the EYFS as preparation for life and not simply preparation for the next stage of education.
Our Foundation Stage is organised so that children can explore and learn securely and safely. Our nursery children have access to one large nursery room and also a creative room. We have a large outdoor area, climbing frame, forest school area and we also have access to the KS1 playground. Children have access to both inside and outside areas across the day.
Our indoor environment consists of a range of different areas including role play, reading, writing, fine motor, discovery, small world and construction. Resources are always available and easily accessible for the children so that they can develop their independence. Each week we add provocations to different areas which are to inspire children or spark curiosity. Children have the choice of where they would like to learn.
Our outdoor area is shared between Nursery and Reception. We have a range of areas including performance, art, a mud kitchen, a gravel pit, sand pit and also an allotment. Children are also able to use bikes, scooters and our climbing frame. Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on a different scale than when indoors. The children can explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant. All areas of the curriculum can be explored outside.
Please have a look at some of the photos from our Nursery provision...
How you can support your child at home
Ensure that you have access to Class Dojo so that you can be kept up to date with news, important events and see how your child is getting on at school.
Read with your child a minimum of three times a week.
Your child will come home with reading books but they can also log into Collins with their personal login details.
Delayed language skills set the scene for under-performance later in life, yet many primary school children have unidentified speech and language difficulties. We use WellComm screening to try and support our youngest learners with any speech and language difficulties they may have.
Through the identification of children needing speech and language support, we can plan play-based activities to help make a crucial difference to their confidence and attainment.
Phonics in Nursery
Following the DfE Letters and Sounds program, children are taught phonics in six phases. In Nursery, children will be taught Phase 1 phonics. If they are ready, some children may progress onto Phase 2 phonics in Nursery.
In Phase 1, children focus on developing their speaking and listening skills. They focus on listening to the sounds around them and also begin building on their segmenting and blending skills.
Children are introduced to five sets of letters and sounds. These include single-letter and two-letter GPCs like g, u, ff and ll.
If you would like more information about phonics. Please watch the video below: