Early Years Foundation Stage

Information for parents of children in our Early Years Foundation setting

Welcome to our Early Years Unit. At Lime House School we believe that a caring and stimulating environment is essential to the development of our children. Every child should be happy, secure and confident. We value every child as a unique individual. We provide a supportive and secure environment in which every child can flourish and learn at their own pace to achieve their innate potential.

Lime House School caters for children between the ages of 3 and 18. All of the Early Years children are part of our school community. They make full use of the school’s facilities such as the sports hall, assembly hall, music room and dining room although they have a separate classroom.

As part of our ‘settling in’ procedures, children (and parents) are invited to spend short spells of time initially – perhaps morning or afternoon sessions, increasing to part-time full days until they are ready to attend full-time (usually at the latest by the time the child is in Reception). Home visits can also be arranged if this would help. We encourage the children to be able to dress and undress with minimum help, to be able to use cutlery and they must be toilet trained.

Our community is an inclusive one which welcomes children of all backgrounds, where there is equality of opportunity and everyone is valued for being him or herself. We welcome children with disabilities and special educational needs and have within our school, specialist qualified learning support teachers. Further guidance can be found in the school’s ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Policies’.

Please remember that the education of your child is something we aim to do in partnership with you and as such parents are always welcome to discuss their child with staff.

Please note that the school does accept Nursery Vouchers. Contact the office for further details.

  • Mr Craig Thompson. Head of Primary Department.
  • Mrs Beverley Thompson. Infant teacher and key person for EYFS.

Curriculum

Children in our nursery and reception class follow the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This lays a secure foundation for future learning that is planned around the individual needs and interests of the child. They learn by playing, exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. There is a mixture of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities.

Children are taught the social skills of sharing and caring, following instructions and are encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills.

There are three Prime Areas of learning and development:

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

These help to develop skills in four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

There are seventeen early learning goals encompassed within these seven areas of learning and development. During the first term of entry to the EYFS unit, a ‘baseline assessment’ will be made based upon teacher observations and parental views (and the child’s perceptions of what they can do). This is then followed by regular termly ‘progress checks’ to track development. At the end of Early Years Foundation Stage, that is the summer term of Reception, another assessment of your child called the Early Years Foundation Stage profile will be made. This is based upon observations made and recorded by staff during your child’s time at school, coupled with both parental and child’s views of attainment. Further information about the EYFS can be found on the Department for Education website. www.education.gov.uk


Visits

Throughout the year we have various trips related to our themes. We will send a letter in advance of each trip informing you of specific details. We need your permission for these outings and may ask for parental support.


Food and drink

Milk is provided for the children during the morning. Water is always available and children are encouraged to bring their own bottle of water every day.

The children eat lunch in the dining room at 12:20pm. Weekly menus are on display in the dining room. A choice of hot and cold food is offered with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. The pupils are offered a varied, healthy and nutritious diet. If your child has any special dietary requirements or an allergy to any food product then please make this clear in the medical questionnaire which is part of the school registration process.


Sweets

It is our policy that children should not bring sweets or chocolate to school.


Parents’ Evenings, Reports and Progress checks

Parents’ Evenings are held twice each academic year. These afford you the opportunity to review your child’s work and to formally discuss your child’s progress. Two detailed written reports, including a personal development report, in addition to the termly progress checks, are prepared during the year along with a further shorter intermediate report in the Lent term. Teachers are available every morning and evening at the gate when you bring and collect your child and we would encourage you to approach us immediately if you have any questions or concerns.

Every child is given a diary so that comments can be easily passed between parents and teachers. Every child is also given a reading record from the time that they join Reception, although they may be given one earlier if they are ready to begin to read.


Complaints

We hope that you will not feel the need to complain and that any difficulty can be handled quickly and sensitively at an early stage. However there is a copy of the school’s complaints procedure which is on the school website or can be sent to you on request.


Child Protection

The school’s Child Protection Policies, including its policy for the safe recruitment of staff is on the school’s website and can be sent to parents upon request. The Designated Child Protection Officer for EYFS is Mr Craig Thompson.


Missing Child Policy

Our Missing Child Policy and the procedure in the event that a child is not collected are published on the school’s website and are available upon request. We will only allow your child to go home with you, unless we have received your advance permission (preferably in writing) that they may be collected by another adult.


Health and Safety

We update and review our risk assessments regularly to ensure that potential hazards are kept to a minimum. Please supervise your child carefully before and after school, particularly in the car park. The key person in the EYFS has Paediatric First Aid Training.


Opening Times

  • 8:50 am – 12:20pm
  • 1:30pm – 4:15pm

There are break times throughout the day between 11:00 am – 11:20 am, 12:20 pm – 1:30 pm and between 3:00 pm and 3:15 pm.

Children may stay for activities until 5:30pm. They may also remain for an evening meal and be collected at 6:00pm or at 6:30pm after supervised prep. The office is open from 8:30am – 4:15pm


How you can help your child             

Please encourage your child in these ways.

Physical Development

  • To hold a pencil correctly
  • To build
  • To do jigsaws
  • To use scissors
  • To use a knife and fork
  • To paint

Social Development

  • To go to the toilet independently
  • To dress/undress him or herself
  • To fasten and unfasten their shoes and coat
  • To look after their own belongings
  • To mix with other children

Mathematical Development

  • To recognise and name colours
  • To sort everyday objects into groups
  • To count sets of objects
  • To help in cooking activities

Language Development

  • To develop a love of books
  • To share books in a relaxed atmosphere
  • To visit the local library
  • To use letter sounds
  • To practice sound cards, listen to words and listen to them read once they begin to bring cards/books home.

We look forward to working with you and your child. We hope their early years will be a happy time and that your child will flourish in the environment which we provide. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see us so that we can work together.