Early Years Foundation Stage
Our Nursery is part of the primary school and consists of two large bright classrooms with integral toilets and a large outdoor space, including a mud kitchen, digging and allotment area, and a large sand pit.
The Nursery provides spaces for 52 children. Children enter the Nursery in the September of the academic year in which they are 4 years of age. The children attend five days each week during school term time and are based in classes of 26, each with a full time teacher and a teaching assistant.
All children attend every morning session with an option to stay all day in sessional care, either through the government scheme for free 30 hours childcare, or by paying fees for the extended session.
The Sessional Care provision, which is managed by the Early Years Leader, is staffed by nursery nurses and teaching assistants – with an overall ratio of 1:8 (children with Special Educational Needs may be allocated additional adult support).
Our Reception year is comprised of two classes: Red and Blue. Each class has a maximum of 30 children and is staffed by a teacher and a teaching assistant. The classrooms have their own individual cloakroom and share integral toilets and a secure, outdoor learning environment.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a vitally important stage of children’s early development as it is during these years that children begin to develop the learning attitudes, skills, social integration and independence on which they will build the rest of their education.
Here at Keston, we offer an exciting, play based curriculum with a combination of purposefully planned for and spontaneous learning opportunities. We also provide time for more focussed, adult led activities. We take a cross-curricular, topic-based approach to learning. Each term we will introduce the children to a new theme, making links to all 7 areas of the curriculum. We also follow the children’s own interests to ensure learning is tailored to meet their needs.