Early Years Foundation Stage

How is the EYFS delivered and how can I help at home?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is delivered through a hands on approach to learning. Teaching and learning is at the heart of everything that we do. We will support your child on their learning journey and promote independence by providing a stimulating and nurturing learning environment.
The Nursery day develops over the year. It begins with a focus on settling into school life. Children take part in registration, focused group work sessions each day based around key areas of learning such as Phonics and mathematical development, and they have the opportunity to further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through time spent accessing continuous and enhanced provision both indoors and outdoors. Children take part in weekly physical development sessions in the hall and visit the school library.

The Reception day also develops over the year. Children take part in daily Phonics, Maths and Literacy sessions, and they have the opportunity to further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through time spent accessing continuous and enhanced provision both indoors and outdoors. Children take part in weekly physical development sessions in the hall, library visits and assemblies.

In both Nursery and Reception, we have an ethos of learning through play. Our staff support children during this time to help them acquire skills and knowledge that they need to become lifelong learners.

How does Margaret McMillan Primary School support children with Special Educational Needs?

We have a Special Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) in school who supports children who have additional needs. The SENCO works closely with class teachers to ensure we are meeting the needs of every child. Children work best in different ways and we will ensure that learning is made relevant for every child in school.

What types of food and drink will be given to my child?

Children in Nursery and Reception are all provided with full fat pasteurised milk (until the beginning of the term in which they turn 5), and a piece of fruit or a vegetable free of charge each day. The fruit and vegetables provided over the course of the year are apples, pears, oranges, bananas, strawberries, carrots, sugar snap peas, baby cucumbers, pineapple, melon, dried mango, dried pineapple and raisins.

Children will have the opportunity to take part in a baking activity once each week. We will ask for a contribution of £10 for the academic year if your child is in Nursery, and £5 for the academic year if your child is in Reception. The children will bring what they have made home with them. Items that could be made are: buns, scones, savoury tarts, cheese straws etc. If your child has any allergies, please inform a member of staff.

Reception children stay in school for their lunch. Children may have a school dinner or a packed lunch. We are able to cater for any dietary requirements. If your child has any dietary requirements, please inform a member of staff. Children who bring a packed lunch into school will have their lunch box stored in the classroom. (Please note that we do not have facilities to refrigerate packed lunches.)

Children may occasionally be given sweets, chocolate or party food as part of a class reward or a celebration e.g. Eid party or a birthday.

What policies and procedures are in place? What happens if my child goes missing or is not collected?

We have many policies and procedures at Margaret McMillan Primary School. Please ask if there is a specific policy that you are interested in; these are available on request.

A procedure that is specific to Nursery and Reception is our ‘going home’ procedure. Any person collecting a Nursery or Reception child needs to be at least 18 years old. We keep a record of the regular people whom you have authorised to collect your child. We do this by taking a photograph and writing down their names. You may choose up to four people to put on our record. We usually suggest that these are mum, dad and two other people. If somebody else needs to collect your child, we ask you to inform us when you are dropping off your child or to telephone school and let us know. If you telephone school to inform us that the person collecting is not a person who is on our records, we will ask you to provide us and the person collecting your child with a password.

If your child in not collected from school, we will try to contact you on all of the telephone numbers that you have provided school with. It is important that you inform us if you change your telephone number. If we can’t get hold of you will we telephone social services.

If your child goes missing. we will alert members of staff and look for them. We will inform a member of the senior management team and contact you. If your child has not been found, we will telephone the police.

If your child goes missing at home time, after you have already collected them, we will inform the senior management team and help you to look for them. If your child can not be found, we will telephone the police.

Who are the members of staff looking after my child?

Below is a list of the members of staff who work in Nursery and Reception. If you need to contact school in an emergency, please call on the school telephone number: 01274 495934.

Nursery

We have 2 teachers in Nursery. Mrs Sharma-Patel on Mon-Wed, and Mrs Stowell on Wed-Fri. The Early Years Practitioner is Mrs Brame and the Teaching and Learning Partner is Mrs Wichereck.

Reception

The teacher in Saturn Class is Miss Fitzgerald. The Early Years Practitioner is Mrs Ahmed and the Teaching and Learning Partner is Mrs Abid.
In Mars Class, the teacher is Miss Solari. The Early Years Practitioner is Mrs Nemeth and the Teaching and Learning Partner is Mrs Aslam.
In Earth Class, the teacher is Mrs Binns. The Early Years Practitioner is Mrs Thornton and the Teaching and Learning Partner is Miss Zahid.

PHOTO STORY – RECEPTION

In Reception we start the day with focussed morning activities, registration and either a Maths or Literacy session. We then go and choose what we would like to explore. Children can choose to play inside or outside. Children may take part in adult-led activities during this time, and before lunch, everyone takes part in a Phonics session.
In the afternoon we have either a Maths, Literacy or Topic session, and then have further time to explore. We end the day with a whole class story or singing session.

Once a week each child will also:

  • Have a focussed reading session with a member of staff.
  • Go to the library to change their library book.
  • Take part in PE in the hall.
  • Have the opportunity to take part in a baking session.
  • Take part in a singing session.

On Tuesday mornings, we have a Parent Play session where parents are invited to join us for 20 minutes. Some sessions will be focussed and teacher led. On other occasions you will be able to join your child in a play based activity.