The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires early years practitioners to review children’s progress and share a summary with parents at two points:
- between the ages of 24 and 36 months via the progress check; and
- at the end of reception via the EYFS profile.
The Early Years Outcomes document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. Early years outcomes
We are pleased to announce that Larkswood Primary Aacdemy is now a registered provider who can offer 15 hours free early education to two year olds. If you have a two year old you may be eligible for a place, if you meet the required criteria please come and speak to our office and fill in an expression of interest form here.
- We have developed a new, stimulating and nurturing environment for our two years olds to thrive indoors and outdoors.
- We offer morning and afternoon sessions: 8.45am – 11.45am and 12.30pm – 15.30pm.
- Healthy snacks are provided and shared throughout the session.
- Children have access to quiet areas & sleep mats if required.
- We have a separate changing area where every child has their own basket of spare clothes and nappies from home.
Every child is an individual and we work closely with both you as a parent/carer and the child to ensure they settle well. This is done through shorter sessions at first and daily communication. If you are interested in starting your child, you are more than welcome to visit our setting and meet the team.
Curriculum and the daily routine
We have a very dedicated team who are committed to delivering the early years foundation stage curriculum and the early years outcomes.
We plan lots of exciting activities every week such as; painting, mark making, reading, story sharing, dancing, dressing up, junk modeling, construction, sand & water play. Please see our overview for more information.
As a setting we believe that routine is essential and the staff build this into every session at Larkswood two year old unit. During your visit or home visit you will be guided through the daily routine.
The two year old nursery staff are:
- Zoe Archer-Brown – Head of the Two Year Old Unit
- Rokeya Desai – Early Years Practitioner
- Julie Munro – Early Years Practitioner
- Dora Michaelides – Early Years Learning Support Assistant
At Larkswood Primary Academy our nursery team provides an environment that is happy, warm, secure and stimulating. We always aim to ensure that all children become confident and independent, and enjoy exploring and learning. The practitioners equip the children with the skills to develop a strong sense of self, while also learning to play, negotiate and co-operate with others.
- No child should feel excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, culture, or religion, home language, family background, special educational need, disability gender or ability. We ensure that all children feel included secure and valued.
- Children are active learners who are physically, emotionally and mentally involved in learning; for young children play is the natural and most important vehicle for active learning.
- The curriculum has to be accessible for every child – in planning opportunities for children’s learning and experience our practitioners ensure that the different areas of learning are interlinked and that each area is given equal importance (broad and balanced curriculum).
We work in partnership with parents and carers to meet the needs of the children and families, both individually and as a group. “Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in Early Years settings, the results have a positive impact on the child’s development and learning”
There are three reception classes at Larkswood and here are some of the exciting learning opportunities that we do at school: synthetic phonics (Read, Write, Inc,) shared & independent writing, number work, drawing, painting, growing, outdoor learning, construction, sand and water, ICT and cooking.
These are the things you will need to bring to school with you:
- We like to go outside even though it is sometimes wet & muddy. It would be really useful to have named wellies & a waterproof jacket in school every day. On hot days a hat is needed.
- A named spare set of clothes as the children are & have a range of messy play and art activities
- We do dance, gymnastics and games throughout the year so please bring in a named PE kit at the beginning of term. They will be sent home in the last week of term to be washed.
- Please name all of your children’s school clothes, including their shoes.
- You will get a leveled book to read, a reading diary, a ‘Take Home Activity’ book and occasionally receive letters with important information. Please make sure your child brings their book bag every day. All new reception pupils will receive one book bag free of charge from the school.