Early Years and Reception

Set within the beautiful grounds of Beechwood, our Early Years department is a happy and secure space where children are given the care and attention they need to blossom as individuals. At reception, we continue and extend the learning journey towards the Early Learning Goals as this is the bridge between the Early Years and Pre-Prep (Key Stage 1).

We accept children into our Early Years class the term they turn three years old. Children joining at this age are expected to attend for a minimum of three mornings and those joining our Pre-Reception class are expected to attend a minimum of five mornings. Additional sessions are added after a consultation with a member of our staff.

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

During the early years, children are taught essential life skills in order to encourage them to become independent by learning to put on their own shoes and coats, and making themselves a delicious sandwich for their afternoon snack. Our specialist provision also includes ensuring children begin to learn phonics and can count with confidence as well as participating in structured and guided play. We understand all children learn and develop differently, and we treat everyone as an individual with good manners expected and encouraged, such as taking turns, sharing, having self-control and being considerate of others, and these essential skills are taught to children to ease their transition to reception.

To ensure variety, we allow children to learn inside and outside with the government’s Early Years curriculum covered: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.

The education we deliver is further enhanced with our subject matter experts teaching PE and music, with the learning journey and behaviour of each child tracked and developmental milestones shared with parents.

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