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Welcome to our Nursery!


We have spaces!


We currently have spaces for children who are:


 - Turning 3 from 1st September 2021-31st December 2021 and are eligible for 2 year old funding

 - Turning 4 between 1st September 2021 - 31st August 2022


If you are looking for a Nursery for your child please call us on 01527 527619 for more information. 



Foundation Stage at Woodrow First School



“The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage, given legal force from September 2014, is mandatory for all schools and Early Years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children, that is children from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child has their fifth birthday.”

EYFS Statutory Framework


The Foundation Stage is a distinctive stage and the Early Learning Goals establish expectations for children to work towards. It is important to plan a curriculum that helps children make good progress


The introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage does not change the point at which attendance at school is compulsory, which is the beginning of the term after a child’s fifth birthday.


The children will develop their potential through a well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum of activities. The curriculum will be accessible to all children, giving them equal opportunity. Any special needs will be carefully assessed and work will be planned appropriately. All children will be given full curriculum entitlement, working towards the Early Learning Goals. They will be constantly encouraged and helped to develop a positive attitude to learning.


The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas.’


These Prime Areas are particularly crucial ‘for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive,’


Communication and Language has been highlighted as a particular need in our school as it underlies so much of the curriculum. Speaking and listening skills will be developed through Letters and Sounds Phase 1 activities, drama, role play and storytelling activities, allowing the children to experience many real and imaginary situations. Mantle of the Expert provides a valuable tool to develop these skills. The children will be encouraged to share their own experiences and ideas. They will learn to follow instructions and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions and actions.


Physical Development. Gross and fine motor skills will be improved to allow individuals to achieve their movement potential and master skills such as using tools and equipment effectively, cutting and writing. They will also increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to be healthy.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Each child is valued as an individual and a member of the group. They will develop a strong self-image and high self-esteem. As social and emotional skills develop, children will benefit from interaction and co-operation with peers. We will sensitively develop an appreciation of other cultures and beliefs as well as teaching children about their own cultures and beliefs.


Specific Areas


Literacy. We develop the reading and writing skills of individuals to allow them to record their own ideas and share the ideas and stories of others. Phonics is a key element in this development and due regard will be given to Letters and Sounds documentation. Mark making and letter formation is developed throughout the Foundation Stage using school agreed school formation and progression. Reading and writing are fundamental skills for life.


Mathematics will primarily be explored practically and the emphasis will be placed on investigating numbers, shape, space and measures. We use a variety of practical resources and methods to teach and reinforce concepts. The White Rose planning is used to inform the progression of maths teaching/learning.


“Young children will develop their mathematical understanding through stories, songs, rhymes and games, sand and water, construction on a large and small scale, imaginative

play, outdoor play and playground games, cooking and shopping, two- and three-dimensional creative work and by observing numbers and patterns in the environment and daily routines.” (Numeracy Framework)


The children will improve their Understanding the World, starting from what they already know and using scientific, technological, geographical and historical skills to extend their understanding further. The children will develop their own ideas, make predictions and question their observations. They will find out about their own environment and learn about people and places that have significance in their lives     


Expressive Arts and Design will involve the children in using a variety of materials, tools and techniques. They will express their ideas and feelings through role-play, music, dance, craft and drama, developing their imagination and creativity.


“None of the areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All the areas must be delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.”

EYFS Practical Guidance

Please follow the link below for our Foundation Stage and Nursery Admissions Policy. Here you will find further information. 

Nursery PE and Swimming


Swimming in Nursery will begin in January 2022



For swimming your child will need:

A named swimming bag

Swim suit/shorts


Swimming nappy (if needed)




 P.E will be on a Friday.

We will send out more information about this over the next few weeks.



Family Learning


We have created a series of videos for you to watch which will give you some information about the important work your child will be doing in Nursery and also give you some ideas of things you can do from home to support them.  


 Nursery also use a programme called Evidence Me to collect a variety of photographs and "wow" moments that we observe the children doing in school. This will allow us to share some of the experiences your child is having in school and will give you some ideas of activities you could try at home. More information about this will be sent home soon.


Introduction to the Foundation Stage for Nursery and Reception

An introduction to the Foundation Stage curriculum and the key skills children explore with us in the Early Years at Woodrow First School.

Developing Listening and Early Reading Skills in Nursery


An introduction to information and activities that support listening and early reading skills for Nursery children. 

Developing Listening and Early Reading Skills in Nursery

Early Writing In Nursery


Watch the video below to find out some information about early writing in Nursery and some ideas which may help you support your child at home. 

Early Writing in Nursery

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Early Maths in Nursery

Please see the video below for some information about early maths in Nursery and some ideas to support your child at home. 


Early Maths in Nursery

What to Expect When?


Please find the link to the government guidance

'What to Expect ,When?'. This guidance was developed to support parents with the development of their child in the early years. 


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