Early Years Foundation Stage - EYFS
The Early Years Foundation Stage at Jesson's
Nursery and Reception form what is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS has its own curriculum based on the main developmental stages of a child’s life from birth to age 5 which lead to Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year.
It is a ‘play based’ curriculum, which means that learning takes place through planned, purposeful play, in addition to a mixture of child-initiated and adult led activities.
“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. 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.”
EYFS Statutory Framework September 2021
The curriculum is divided into ‘Seven Areas of Learning’, which are all interconnected. The ‘Prime Areas’ are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The remaining four areas are called ‘Specific Areas’:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of Effectively Learning:
The focus of the Characteristics of Effective Learning is on how children learn rather than what they learn. The three CoEL are:
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
As part of our Early Years provision, we offer Time for Twos for two-year-olds. This is for children the term after their second birthday. It is a great opportunity for children to continue to learn and develop skills before they start Nursery.
Our sessions are currently every morning, Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. until 12.00 p.m.
You can apply for a place at Jesson's Time for Twos by filling out the online application form using the link below.
Our Nursery is the very start of your child’s journey here at Jesson’s. Activities are planned both indoors and outdoors to develop children’s knowledge and skills through their play. We have an excellent team of staff who nurture each child to ensure they are settled from a child’s very first day.
What we can offer:
- The universal 15 free hours for all 3 and 4 year olds.
- For working parents, we also can provide 30 hours free childcare. For further information on how to apply, visit the following website: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/early-years-and-childcare/for-parents-and-carers/early-education-funding-and-extra-time-for-threes-and-fours/
- We are hoping to provide Time for Twos for those parents who are eligible. All information can be found on the following website: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/early-years-and-childcare/for-parents-and-carers/time-for-twos-free-childcare/
You can fill out an application for Nursery using the online form below.
Alternatively, Nursery’s application form can be collected from our main office and EYFS office.
It can also be downloaded using the link below and returned to the main office.
You can send the form via email at EYFS@jessons.dudley.sch.uk
We also have Tapestry where we document children’s learning and share it with parents. You will get your own log in for your child and Tapestry can be accessed via their website: https://tapestryjournal.com/
Early Years Pupil Premium
You may be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium, which will provide funding to school to access new resources for our nursery children. You can apply online: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/early-years-and-childcare/for-parents-and-carers/early-years-pupil-premium/
Our New Playground
We have had our playground revamped so that all children have access to outdoor learning, developing skills that they can’t outside. You can visit the website of Pentagon Play here https://www.pentagonplay.co.uk/projects/jessons-eyfs-play-area
Primary School Admissions
The following link has all the information you require for applying for children who will be starting reception: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/learning-and-school/school-information/school-admissions/primary-reception-intake/
For children starting our reception, we will ensure a smooth transition. This includes children who have attended our nursery and children new to our school. We will do this through phone calls, visits to school and visits to your home to get to know your child. There are a wide range of knowledge and skills that are developed during the reception year to help children reach the expected level of the Early Learning Goals at the end of the year.
We have three classes in Reception:
Each child has a reading book that they can take home. These are changed weekly.
We use our outdoor area daily in all weathers. We ask if wellies could be provided so children can join in with outdoor activities.