‘Striving to Achieve Our BEST!’
(In support of The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) Articles 28 & 29)
At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we are committed to ensuring that our pupils can achieve their BEST by valuing, nurturing and embedding the following key principles of Belief, Effort, Success and Teamwork:
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“The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the statutory standards that all early years providers must meet. This includes all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register.
The EYFS aims to provide:
(Department for Education, 2014)
In our Foundation Stage it is our aim to:
The Head Teacher, supported by the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader, is responsible for the implementation and management of the Early Years Foundation Stage Policy at Awsworth Primary & Nursery School. It is the responsibility of every member of staff to implement that policy in their day-to-day actions and experiences.
The Governing Body has overall responsibility for reviewing and ratifying the Early Years Foundation Stage Policy of Awsworth Primary and Nursery School and for ensuring it does not discriminate on any grounds, including but not limited to: ethnicity/national origin, culture, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
The EYFS Framework Promotes four Principles for High Quality Provision:
A unique child:
Every child is a unique, competent learner. Children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes are fluid and can be influenced by others.
Children learn to be strong, independent individuals by developing secure relationships with adults and peers alike. Relationships with parents and carers are also important and will be nurtured and developed. Any relationship will be respectful, caring and professional.
The learning and play environments are vital for supporting and extending a child’s development. In the classroom and outdoor environment, we observe and assess the children’s development and interests. Based on these observations, suitably challenging activities and experiences are planned to extend their learning and achievement.
Learning and development:
Awsworth Primary & Nursery School is organised in a way that encourages children to explore and learn safely across the foundation units, with indoor and outdoor provision. There are areas for activities and play, and others for quiet time and rest. The settings are designed to enable children to learn and play independently.
EYFS Curriculum (In support of RRSA Articles 13, 15, 28, 29, 30 & 31)
In order to ensure that every child makes good progress, we follow the current Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We have a curriculum cycle which provides rich learning experiences for all children based on the framework.
The framework’s ‘prime’ areas of learning and development are:
The framework’s ‘specific’ areas of learning and development are:
Learning and development is promoted through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is important to learning and we therefore do not make a distinction between work and play.
We plan children’s activities to reflect their interests. Assessment is conducted through observation and focused individual, group and whole class teaching sessions. We use the electronic system ‘EAZMAG’ to capture learning using cameras, iPods and tablets.
The Learning Environment and Outdoor Spaces
The foundation units are organised in such a way that children can explore and learn in a safe environment. Equipment and resources are accessible and can be located and used independently by children. The enclosed outdoor spaces are secure and offer children the opportunity to explore a different environment, presenting them with different challenges and experiences. Activities are planned throughout the foundation units to help the children develop in all areas of learning. We encourage children to explore the outdoors at all times of year and in all weathers. We provide appropriate clothing if required.
Relationships (In support of RRSA Article 15)
At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School, we believe it is important for children to learn social skills and to develop relationships with peers and adults. This will be achieved through carefully planned activities relating to the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the EYFS curriculum and through playing and interacting with other children and adults. It will be mostly child led. Positive relationships and good manners will be modeled by all staff towards each other and towards the children.
The Parent - Teacher Partnership (In support of RRSA Articles 5 & 18)
The EYFS setting cannot function without the enduring support of parents and carers. We recognise that parents are the child’s primary educator and we recognise this important role through regular engagement including:
Admission & Transition
Children are admitted to our foundation stage as per our school admission policies.
When children start in Foundation 1, our part-time pre-statutory school provision, their parents/carers are invited to stay with them initially to share the experience of starting at Awsworth. They have the opportunity to see how the sessions run and some of the experiences available to their child.
When children start in Foundation 2 (Reception) parents/carers are invited to meet staff, look around the unit and find out more about what their child will experience at the school. Children are given the opportunity to meet their new teacher and explore the learning environment.
Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) (In support of RRSA Article 23)
We strongly believe that early identification of individual needs is crucial in enabling staff to meet the needs of each child. Concerns are discussed with parents at an early stage in an open, honest and sensitive manner. The school SEND leader will offer support and advice, seeking outside agency partnerships as appropriate. Further information is found in our SEND Policy.
Assessment and Reporting to Parents (In support of RRSA Articles 16 & 18)
Assessing children’s progress against the Early Learning Goals is a continuous process throughout the EYFS. At the end of Foundation 2 there is a legal requirement for us to assess all children against the Early Learning Goals in order to identify whether they are ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’. These assessments are reported to parents, to the Local Authority and the DfE.
We moderate our judgments across the primary schools within the local family and are involved in external moderations with other schools across our Local Authority.
The safety of every child is paramount at Awsworth Primary & Nursery School. We have a robust Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy to ensure the children in our care are protected.
Welfare (In support of RRSA Article 24)
In order to promote the health and wellbeing of all children we:
Health and Safety
Our full Health and Safety Policy is available on our website or on request.