Early Years Foundation Stage

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Our youngest children are warmly welcomed into the Quainton Hall close knit community. Children can begin Nursery at different stages during the year once they are 2 years and 6 months. In the September after their fourth birthday they are given priority in moving into the Reception class and are joined by additional children from other nurseries. 

We have a well-resourced and welcoming setting, which was renovated in the summer of 2018 to create an open plan environment for our 50 pupils. We are very well-staffed as we maintain the ratios of 1:4 for 2-year olds, 1:6 for 3-year olds and 1:8 in Reception. We have additional volunteers and support staff throughout the school. This enables our children to enjoy a rich curriculum and make accelerated progress. 

The EYFS links with the Pre-Prep and Prep school in many ways such as for assemblies, curriculum events, workshops, sports’ days, Speech Day and charity events. The Reception and Year 1 staff work closely together to enable the children to have a smooth transition into the Pre-Prep. 

In Nursery the children have specialist teachers for French, Music, Drama and Yoga. In Reception the children are also taught by two qualified swimming teachers

“We would like to thank the staff for all their hard work, support and encouragement that you have given during his year in Reception. Your teaching style really engages the children and gets them pumped up and excited about learning." A Parent.

Our creative and dedicated staff plan and deliver an exciting and interesting topic-based curriculum. The majority of activities are practical to inspire the children and make the learning memorable. 

We have three interactive Promethean Boards, iPad’s and other ICT resources including programmable Bee-Bots (coding robots) and remote-control vehicles. We have a stimulating outdoor area which extends the children’s learning. It includes a sand and water exploration area, a construction area for large scale models and a stage for our confident performers. 

The school day starts at 8.30am for our Nursery and Reception children. They can attend a breakfast club from 7.30am and Reception children can be dropped off in the EYFS outdoor area from 8.15am. The morning Nursery session finishes at 11.45am and the school day finishes at 3.45pm. Our after-school club runs from 3.45pm until 6.00pm. Children in Reception can attend extra-curricular clubs from January.  These include Tennis, Ballet, Bollywood. 

We prioritise our children’s well-being as well as their emotional, moral and academic development. Our early years children grow to become creative, confident, compassionate and inquisitive learners. 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and a large percentage of our children meet and often exceed the Early Learning Goals assessed at the end of the Reception year. 

“Your enthusiasm, encouragement and support have given our daughter the best possible start. Under your care and attention, she has blossomed into a far more outgoing and confident little person.” A Parent 

We look forward to welcoming you into our school.  

Miss Agius has read Jasper's Beanstalk to link with the children's literacy work in PPR in April 2020.
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News from our EYFS Classes...

Our younger children playing djembe drums...
First PE lessons of the year...
Autumnal hedgehog dream-catchers...
Our newest children have arrived...
Lots of fun with their Sports Day...
Lots of learning, including CVC words and den-making
Eggs arrived in EYFS - Look what happened next ...
Some lovely home learning...
Even at home, our children just can't stop measuring...
Messages of Hope in the form of rainbows in windows...
During science week, the Reception children undertook some great experiments...
Visiting storytellers into QHS
Pancakes galore in the EYFS department
An indoor Planetarium...
The children in Nursery up to PP2 took part in a sponsored Dotty Dance for Children in Need and Diabetes UK. It was a great time and an amazing amount was raised!
The Nursery and Reception children participated in a WildScience animal experience. The children were shown different animals and discussed their habitats and different diets.
Nursery and Reception have been focusing on developing their culinary skills this week. The children had a wonderful time making bread.
This year's Harvest collection has been a massive success and we are looking forward to sending the donations to the Foodbank.
For the past two weeks, the children in Reception have been watching as baby chicks hatch from their eggs. Check out the gallery to find out more!
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