Welcome to Early Years

Our Early Years setting consists of Acorns (2 year olds), Rising Threes, Nursery and Reception.

The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth until the end of the Reception year.

It aims to develop each child to their full potential by offering a ‘principled, play based approach to learning and development’. Young children learn best through play and our Early Years staff will be able to provide your child with appropriate play and learning experiences for their stage of development and help them develop new skills.

The activities that are provided for our young children will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals at the end of their Reception year in school.

The EYFS curriculum enables staff to recognise your child’s strengths and areas where they need more support to develop new skills.

For young children it is important that they are made to feel safe and secure in their surroundings. This is aided by having members of staff within the setting who get to know you and your child well and who build a positive relationship with you as a family.

The areas of learning and development are broken into seven areas. Three areas are particularly important for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning. These prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

This then leaves four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected and many activities will cover many of the areas. Each area is divided into stages of development and staff are able to identify resources and learning opportunities for individual children dependent on their developmental needs.

At Throckley, we consider every pupil as an individual and provide a bespoke, rich and varied curriculum that enables every pupil to thrive.