Early Years at Wootton – Unlocking hearts and minds to a love of learning and love for one another
This page contains information for parents of children who will be starting school in Little Gems (Reception and Nursery). We hope you find it useful. For more information about applying for a nursery place please contact the school office. If you have any questions or require any other information, please explore the website or email the school office. For information about funding for 3 – 4 year old nursery places, please see the links at the bottom of the page.
Welcome to the Early Years at Wootton St Peter’s CE Primary School. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. We believe that our Nursery and Reception class provides our children with the very best start in life. We pride ourselves in how we form excellent relationships with parents and carers so that we provide high quality early learning together, to provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
Our nursery and reception children benefit from being taught by our highly skilled qualified teacher, Gemma Moore and exceptional teaching assistant, Joanne Martin. They ensure the standards set out in The Early Years Statutory Framework are fully met so that the children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. This helps to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind. At Wootton each child is considered individually. At the beginning of the year we quickly build up a picture of their starting point and where we want them to get to based on their individual needs and learning styles.
The children are made to feel comfortable in their learning environment and as part of the wider school. We let the children explore their own interests. With our topics we guide their learning, making it fun and multi-sensory using our excellent classroom including the outdoor space to enhance this and establish independence.
At Wootton we pride ourselves on the relationship we build up with the parents/carers even before the children start. We would normally visit the children in their pre-school setting to get to know them, they would also be invited to come and visit the school and see their new classroom. We are planning to have meetings at the beginning of the year that explain the day-to-day running of the classroom to enable a smooth and happy transition. We hope that we are able to have an open door policy for parents/carers who need to talk to us before or after school. We hold open classroom time during the year where parents are invited to come and look at the wonderful work their children are doing
At Wootton the children are involved in lots of the decision making. The Christian values of compassion, generosity and perseverance underpin the democratic way that the school operates. Starting in the Early Years the children are taught these values and skills and take part in discussions and decision making.
We believe that the Early Years setting at Wootton is the best because:
- We make the learning fun and engaging for ALL children.
- We are lucky to have a safe yet stimulating environment which allows the children to flourish.
- Every child is treated as an individual and the relationships they build with peers and adults sets them up to be kind, compassionate learners.
- Our friendly staff make sure that parent/carers and children are listened to, respected and involved.
A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. Through working in a partnership, this is something that we can’t wait to achieve with you and your child.
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