Our Early Years Phase consists of Nursery Class and two Reception Classes - Ash and Oak.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the development of children from birth to the end of their Reception Year. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
At Highfield St Matthew's CE Primary our Early Years provision consists of a Nursery and two Reception Classes. Our Early Year’s Foundation Stage (EYFS) is marked by excellence, enjoyment and fun. Our intention is to:
- ensure quality and consistency in the provision of education and welfare for the children.
- produce lifelong learners through a curriculum that gives the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in this world that we live in, so all children from every background will do well and no child gets left behind
- As a Church school, we aim to provide a welcoming, caring, happy, Christian environment, where everyone is valued equally and achieves their full potential.
- All children will experience excellent provision and will enjoy their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- We understand that children explore and learn through play and this is at the heart of our curriculum. We know that a balance between adult led and child initiated play ensures the best outcomes for our children.
- Our staff have high expectations of all pupils and we work hard to develop strong relationships with children and their families where they feel valued and are able to actively contribute to and participate in school life.
- provide a happy, caring, secure and stimulating learning environment to support and extend children's development and learning