Early Years – Nursery and Reception
In the Early Years at Fairlawn, we strive to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children, thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning.
We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents/carers and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.
We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum, based on our observations of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable the children to thrive and when in reception to achieve the early learning goals and successfully transition into Year 1.
All seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are therefore taught through a cross curricular approach. It is important that the Characteristics of Learning (engagement through playing and exploring, being motivated through active learning and creating and thinking critically,) that underpin these curriculum areas are specifically planned for. Skills such as independence, curiosity, resilience, collaboration, and reflection are critical for success through all stages of life.
Both our Nursery and reception classrooms have a dedicated outdoor space, providing opportunities for children to be active in their play and learning. Both nursery and reception have access to our wonderful Forest School area where they can get close with nature, get muddy and have fun!
Children and families meet school staff before children join our Nursery or Reception, and gradually build up to a full session, allowing children to make relationships and feel secure in their new environment. School adults work in partnership with parents, passing information about learning progress between home and school through face-to-face conversations, our Interactive Learning Diaries, email communications and in our half termly learning letters.