Foundation Stage 1
Staff in Foundation Stage 1: Sammy Newstead (lead), Samantha Wildeman, Alison Palmer, Heather McKinytre, Sharon Spencer, Alicia Smith, Ashleigh Lester, Nathan Christopher, Sharren McGory, Dawn Collins, Reka Szucs-Voros and Karen Marrs.
Foundation Stage 1
In Nursery (FS1) we have an integrated provision for children from the age of two years old up to four years old, prior to starting school. We plan our learning and teaching using the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). This is a statutory document and sets the standards that all early year’s providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, ensures children are kept healthy and safe and ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start formal education.
Within the EYFS, children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Three of these areas are known as ‘prime areas’:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The four ‘specific’ areas build on the early foundations in the prime areas and are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Exeter Foundation Stage One is offers early child education and care for children aged from 2 until school age. It is an environment that welcomes and appreciates the rich, diverse, cultural heritage of our community. We offer an active learning based environment and children are provided with a variety of engaging equipment that they can use to explore and experiment with. Throughout the course of the children’s time in Foundation Stage 1, there may be many opportunities for the children to go on educational visits such as trips to the park, shops, farm etc.
The children may also take part in Forest School visits in which they take a trip to the woods on a minibus and get involved in activities liken den building, foraging, making clay faces and playing hide-and –seek safety games.
The children may also enjoy the excitement of visiting the cinema, circus days, fun days and theme days.
Our provision will enable the children to develop core skills, knowledge and develop a positive attitude that will underpin their learning throughout the Academy. Activities can be explored through the indoor and outdoor provision whilst qualified experienced practitioners extend and challenge their learning through play.
Exeter Nursery can take a total of 68 children per session, which includes 16 two-year old places and 52 3-4 year old places. It offers ‘wrap around care’ for 48 weeks of the year with opportunity for parents/carers to buy sessions on top of the funded entitlement. Each child is assigned a key worker who will get to know you and your child in more detail. The Nursery lead is Sammy Newstead.
Staff will carefully document your child’s learning through photographs, observations and video. This documentation is collected into individual ‘Learning Journey’ folders. These folders are available at all times for the children and parents to look through. This year, the Nursery is introducing a secure emailing app to be able to send photographs and observations for parents/carers to read on a more frequent basis and be able to comment or send the staff, things that the children have done at home.
If your child attends the 2 year old element of our provision, we will complete a ‘progress check’ within 6 weeks of them started. This is completed alongside the parents/carers and may involve the health visitor as appropriate, to capture the child’s stage of development.
There are daily informal opportunities for parents and carers to discuss their child’s needs with members of staff. There are also parents’ consultation meetings arranged during the course of the year. We encourage any parent/carer who has concerns to discuss these with their child’s key worker or a member of the Senior Leadership Team as soon as possible. We will also provide opportunities for parents to attend curriculum workshops or ‘stay and play’ events to find out more about how children learn through play.
Parents/carers will receive a written report about their child’s progress at the end of every academic year. In addition, 2 year old children will have a formal ‘progress check’ report after 6 weeks of starting in the nursery.
Nursery sessions are:
8.45-11.45 AM £12.50 (2 and 3 year-old funding available).
12.30-3.30 PM £12.50 (2 and 3 year-old funding available).
There is an option to pay for lunch club. 11.45-12.30 £5.50.
We also have wrap around care for before and after school hours.
Breakfast 8.00-8.45 £3.50
Tea-time 3.30-6.00 £7.50
We accept a certain number of 30 hour funded sessions on a first come, first served basis. Please enquire at the office with your code if you are eligible and wish to take up additional hours.