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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Ivingswood Academy offers high quality provision, learning and care for children aged two to five.

The department is organised into three classes within two settings:

Nursery from children the September after their 2nd birthday.

Reception from children the September after their 4th birthday.

Our team of friendly staff are committed to:

  • Easing the transition between home and school, so your child settles well and is happy to stay with us and you feel confident they are in safe hands.
  • Ensuring that your child feels valued and secure.
  • Helping your child develop positive relationships with other children and staff.
  • Getting to know you and your child and catering for their individual needs and interests.
  • Encouraging positive attitudes to lifelong learning.

The Areas of Development and Learning comprise of 3 prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

There are 4 specific areas:

  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding of the World

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born.  The care and education offered by our setting will help your child to continue to do this by providing them with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

More information about the guidance we follow can be found at the following websites:

Our aim is to provide “Learning through Play” enhancing the development and education of your child in a caring, safe, secure and stimulating environment. Children are given the opportunity to learn together using both indoor and outdoor learning areas.

Nursery opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 to 11.30. 

Reception children stay all day from 8.30 until 3.00. 

At the beginning of term children’s start dates are staggered to allow them to settle into a smaller class before all children attend.  We will write to you to inform you of your child’s first day. The Early Years department often break up a few days earlier than the school, this will be detailed in the term dates available on the website.

Each Class is Teacher/Graduate led and the majority of Early Years staff hold a level 3 qualification. All our Early Years staff have a wealth of experience and and are committed to providing high quality learning experiences to the children in the setting.  Every child is allocated  a Key Person so that we are able to support and get to know parents and children.  We plan for each child's individual needs, through activities and experiences designed to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding, taking into account their interests.  Every class has its own separate outside area as well as sharing a large playground, garden and grassed area.  We also utilise the main school environment, using the school hall, field and visiting the spinney with the children.

Come & Play Mornings

We regularly hold "Come and Play" mornings where parents are invited into the Pre-school, Nursery and Reception classes to join in with activities and see their children playing and learning.  All the dates are on our weekly newsletters and on notice boards in Early Years.

Home Learning Matters

We recognise how important learning at home is and encourage all parents and carers to be involved in their child’s learning journey.  Research suggests that children’s achievement is influenced 80% by home and community and 20% by schools.  Children’s attainment is increased by 15% if parents engage with their child’s education.

We will ask you to complete a Needs & Interests form and an observation sheet each term.  This enables us to have a greater insight into your child’s life outside school.  We can then plan activities based on their developmental needs and what captures their imagination. 

We encourage all children and parents to access our well resourced (and ever expanding) Home Learning Library.  The library includes books, puzzles, toys, games, den making kits, cookery bags and activities for you and your child to share at home.  Each class has their own librarian and we are always keen to hear your suggestions for additions or improvements to this service. 

How you can help

It really helps us have more time to help your child if you…

Name everything clearly.

Put your child in jogging bottoms or something with an elasticated waist. Skinny trousers, dungarees, baby vests, tights, zips and buttons all slow down your child from being able to go to the toilet themselves or for us to change their nappy.

Make a comfort card for your child. We look at these often and they are a valuable resource each child should have in their tray.

Call us when your child is absent and follow up with a note when they return.

Talk to us! We love to hear about what your child gets up to at home. Finding out about what is going on in their life helps us to plan activities based around your child’s individual needs and interests.