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 by providing a stimulating learning environment. We aim to promote independence in a nurturing environment. Each half term we will send home a curriculum digest to inform you about what will be happening in school and to provide you with ideas of ways that you could help your child at home.

The nursery day will develop over the year. It begins with a focus on settling into school life. The children will take part in registration and focused group work sessions each day based around key areas of learning such as phonics and mathematical development. The children will take part in weekly physical development sessions and a visit to the library.

The reception day will also develop over the year. The children will take part in daily registration and phonics sessions. Other sessions will take place in small groups including mathematical development and literacy. The children will take part in PE lessons, library visits and assemblies.

In both nursery and reception we have an ethos of learning through play. We aim to promote enquiry based learning based around free choice and independence. The staff will support the children during this time to help them acquire skills and knowledge which will support them to become lifelong learners.

How does Margaret McMillan Primary School support
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 and a piece of fruit or a vegetable free of charge each day. The fruits 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. 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.