Gad’s Hill Foundation Stage is an exciting area of the school offering an independent education for girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age. At this critical time in your child’s development our ethos is to focus on the individual child and emphasis is placed on their all-round development, socially, morally, as well as academically. This is done within a secure, caring environment and each child is assigned their own ‘Key Person’ who specifically monitors your child’s learning and development.
Children may join our purpose built, self-contained Nursery from the start of the term after their third birthday. There is a natural progression form our Nursery into our Reception class in the September of the academic year that they turn 5.
Learning in the Early Years is designed to be fun and engaging for all, and the classrooms are set up and organised to enable the children to access all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Your child’s ‘Key Person’ will encourage your child to explore and develop through teacher-led activities and the continuous provision of carefully structured play experiences. This helps them to become independent learners in a safe and happy atmosphere. Your child’s learning is recorded via an online journal called Tapestry and this evidence is shared with parents via a secure online system.
Exploration of the outdoor environment is very important for our Nursery children and we offer opportunities for free-flow play in our orchard area at set times throughout the day. Our children also access a ‘Forest School’ session each week, which is led by a qualified ‘Forest school’ Leader. This takes place in a wooded area within the school grounds.
Why choose Gad’s Hill Foundation Stage:
- Qualified Teachers
- EYFS specialists
- Dedicated outside play area and Forest School
- Breakfast Club and After school club.
- Extra-curricular activities
- Holiday Club