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Early Years

Welcome to our Early Years

Early Years Team Leader: Miss L Robinson

The Early Years Team at Girnhill are dedicated to creating an outstanding provision which provides high quality practice to drive the learning and outcomes forward. 

They are committed to ensuring both provision and teaching are nurturing, engaging and providing appropriate opportunities and challenges for all children.

Staff are enthusiastic about engaging parents/carers and involving them in their children’s learning. Children and their families are invited to visit the Nursery before their start date to ensure that children become familiar in their surroundings and enables parents/carers to have those valuable conversations with their child’s key worker. This relationship is further established throughout Early Years by parental workshops – Nutty about Numbers and Fun with Phonics, termly parental meetings to discuss teaching and learning, class assemblies, open mornings and INSPIRE mornings.

Nursery Information:

The doors to Nursery open at 8:45am for the morning session and 12:15pm for the afternoon session.

The doors and gates to the Nursery will be locked at 8:55am, any arrival after this time will have to enter via Main School Reception.

School Uniform - School uniform is available to purchase from our school reception.

Outdoor Learning - Children in Early Years have open access to an outdoor learning environment where they can access a variety of learning opportunities, please make sure your child is prepared for all weathers.

Snack - Fruit and milk is offered throughout the session for every child.

Library - The morning children will have access to a Nursery Lending Library, these books will be changed weekly.

Learning Journeys - Children's work and learning is displayed on the walls in the Nursery environment for parents/carers to view and comment on.

 

Reception Information:

The doors to Reception open at 8.50am. The doors to Reception will close promptly at 9am. If you arrive after this time you will have to enter school via the main reception doors and your child will receive a late mark.

School Uniform - School uniform is available to purchase from our school reception.

School Dinners - All children are eligible for Free School Meals. Your child will have an option of 3 school meals to choose from when they enter the dinner hall. If you do not wish for your child to have a school dinner you can opt for your child to have a packed lunch.  If you choose to send your child with a packed lunch we ask that you do not send a drink as this will be provided by school.

P.E. - Reception children have P.E. on a Friday Morning. We ask that you bring your child's P.E. kit in a small bag with their name on each item of clothing. It is suggested that you bring your child's P.E. kit to school on a Monday morning and take the P.E kit home on a Friday afternoon.

Outdoor Learning - Children in Early Years have open access to an outdoor learning environment where they can access a variety of learning opportunities, please make sure your child is prepared for all weathers. Reception children will also have access to the main playground during lunchtime playtime.

Library - Children will have access to our school's lending library once a week. Books will only be changed if the child wishes to change it and if the previous book has been returned to school.

Learning Journeys - Children's work and learning is stored in folders. Parents/carers will have opportunities throughout the year, at open mornings, to view and comment on their child's learning journeys.

End of Year Expectations - At the end of Early Years children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals (ELG). These are age related expectations that are set nationally to monitor and track the progress of children's learning. Information is gathered daily through activities such as observations and questioning. The Reception teachers will have termly parent/carer meetings to keep you informed of these end of year expectations and keep you up to date in ways to further support your child's development at home.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Miss L Robinson

 

Parent/Carer comments:

"My child has really enjoyed her first week of school. She especially likes bringing her reading books home to read with mum."

"We couldn't be happier with how well our child has settled in to her first week of school. She loves to tell us what she has done. Thank you so much for calling to reassure me on her first day and put my mind at rest."

"Was very pleased to hear how my child has progressed. I think the learning journeys are a great idea, the photos really show what is happening in the classroom."

"My child is doing so well with her reading and writing since coming into full time school."

 


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