Welcome to EYFS
My name is Will Wood and I am the EYFS Leader at Dean Bank. I am supported by Mrs Carol James and Miss Abi Forster, and also Miss Lauren Allen.
In addition to our reception children, we also offer 15 hour places for 2 and 3 year olds as well as 30 hours for those 3 year olds who qualify.
If you are interested in applying for a place at our school for any of our age groups, please contact the school office.
Here at Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School, we know that each child has vast potential. Throughout our school, we do the utmost we can to ensure that every child can reach their potential and beyond, whilst helping to develop both educational and life skills that can enable children to ‘believe, achieve and soar with pride’.
Comprised of 3 classes, our neutral, warm and welcoming Early Years Unit is where you will find our youngest children; our Little Learners (2 years old), Nursery (3-4 years old) and Reception (4-5 years old). Primarily, Nursery and Reception aged children share the same space, with our Little Learners joining this area when appropriate (our Little Learners have their own room to play and explore). We also have a large outdoor area which enables children to play on a louder and larger scale, whilst also enabling the children develop problem-solving skills, resilience and observe varying environments. We appreciate that children love to play outdoors so aim to use outside as much as we can.
Throughout our Early Years Unit, we provide high quality early years education to all children. We support and encourage children to:
- Be themselves – have their own thoughts and feelings. It’s good to be different!
- Be kind to others and show respect to objects as well as people;
- Develop their independence;
- Have a go – it may not go how you want it to but it’s great that you have tried!
- Keep trying when it gets tricky, you’ll get there!
- Be creative, curious and use their imagination;
- Explore and take risks to discover their likes, dislikes and the world surrounding them via first hand experiences;
- Communicate for help when they need it, ask questions and express their opinions.
The Early Years – what we do:
Children are born ready to explore and discover the world around them, using play as a tool to learn and develop; Play is one of the most important ways in which young children gain essential knowledge and skills (Unicef, 2018). Playing allows basic concepts (such as communication, physical and social skills) to be developed, creating pathways and interests for future learning as they progress through school. This is why in the Early Years at Dean Bank, our curriculum is built around play and the interests of children – every child has the right to play.
Staff are proud to deliver an inclusive, enriching curriculum and support the welfare of all children. They also support children through modelling play and positive behaviour; creating enabling and enriching environments as well as through providing excellent opportunities (both inside and outside of our school community) that stimulate and challenge children. As a result, children develop holistically – allowing them to become engaged, independent and resilient thinkers, learners and successful young people.
Regardless of which Early Years class a child is in, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies. The EYFS applies to all children from 0-5 years old (until the end of their reception year) and is centered on four key principles:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
In addition to the four key principles, an additional seven areas of learning also form the EYFS:
Staff use the ‘Development Matters’ document to assess and track the development of children, endeavouring to support their needs, interests and abilities.
Furthermore, the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ also applies. The legislation sets standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, providing guidance and information to staff on areas including learning/development, staff:child ratios, child welfare and safety. ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ also states the rules and regulations all setting staff and governors must adhere to, in order to promote the welfare of young people and safeguard children effectively.
The wider community
We know that when we work in partnership with parents/carers, children reap the benefits, allowing them to feel safe and comfortable within our setting. We strive to have quality, positive relationships with all of our parents/carers, to ensure that their child’s learning and holistic development journey is one they are satisfied with and that their child’s individual needs are met.
We encourage parents/carers to be connected to our communication services – Class Dojo and Seesaw. This enables guardians to keep in touch with us, find out any news and find out what children have been up to. When your child starts with us, you will receive information on how to connect to these communication platforms.
Further support by working in partnership with additional staff members, the Senior Leadership Team, Governors and the wider Dean Bank community enables us to further support the holistic development and education of children.
You can view further information about our curriculum and curriculum subjects on our website.
Long Term Plans
Development Matters (2020-2021) – www.foundationyears.org.uk
Development Matters (2021 onwards) – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk
Statutory Framework for the EYFS – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – https://downloads.unicef.org.uk
Sounds Write Teaching Phonics – www.sounds-write.co.uk
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