Early Years
and Reception

Set within the beautiful grounds of Beechwood Sacred Heart School, the Early Years department provides a happy, secure environment where children are given the care and attention they need to blossom as individuals. In Reception we continue and extend the learning journey towards the Early Learning Goals: Reception is the bridge between the Early Years and Pre-Prep (key stage 1). The children develop their understanding of number and phonics, by learning through structured and guided play.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum – all the children are taught to their own particular needs and abilities. The children are encouraged to learn through play and by having fun. Good manners are expected and encouraged – taking turns, sharing, learning some self-control, thinking of others. The learning journey and burgeoning learning behaviours of each child are tracked individually and the development steps are shared with parents.

Beechwood Early Years is a friendly, caring environment where the teachers really cater for individual needs and interests. I have been amazed at how confident and independent my son has become since starting.

At Beechwood Early Years, the children investigate new activities with guidance and reassurance. They become independent by putting on their own shoes and coats, and they love to make their own sandwiches for their afternoon snack. At Beechwood Early Years, the children begin to learn phonics and to count with confidence.

Entry into full time education through Reception marks an important and exciting step in your child’s life and at Beechwood we are committed to making the transition to school as smooth as possible. We treat every child as an individual, recognising that they develop at their own rate and in their own way.

We use an indoor and outdoor learning environment that covers all the areas of the curriculum: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.

The learning space provides an excellent environment for all the Reception children. The teaching and learning is enhanced by our Specialist Teachers who deliver PE, Music and RE.


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Ours is a wonderfully happy setting in which your children take their first steps at school. The emphasis is very much on the children’s happiness and welfare. Here we provide details of a typical day.

The Early Years Day

Doors open in the Prep School at 8.00am

Children have free play until registration at 8.30am when the session begins.

We offer timetabled sessions of PE, Music and Forest School led by specialist teachers.

A morning snack is scheduled for around 9.30am and the children are offered fruit and milk or water at this time.

The children have access to free flow throughout their sessions to enjoy time both indoors and outside in our Early Years play area.

Lunch is served at 12 noon and the teachers sit with the children to promote good manners and ensure that all the children eat well.

The children who attend for a morning session go home at 1.00pm and the remaining children play outside until the afternoon session begins at 1.40pm.

During the afternoon where the children are offered free play alongside adult-led activities, they enjoy another snack. Often, they learn how to be independent by making their own sandwiches!

The afternoon session officially finishes at 3.30pm but we offer story time or play time until 4.00pm when our after-school care provision begins before coming to an end at 6.00pm.

Early Years Fees 2020-2021

Pre-School fees for a full day: £54.00

Pre-School fees for a morning session: £32.00

Breakfast Club 7.30am – 8.00am Free of charge

After School Care Provision 4.00pm – 6.00pm Free of charge

The fees include all snacks and a full cooked lunch.

To secure your child’s place a deposit of £200 is due which is non-refundable should you not take up a place in the Prep School.

Children are able to receive the 15 hours Early Years Entitlement the term after they turn three years old.


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