Early Years and Reception

Set within the beautiful grounds of Beechwood, 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 accept children into our Early Years class the term they turn three years old. Children joining at the age of three 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. Extra sessions are added after consultation with the Head of Pre-Prep, Mrs Wright.

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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