What is EYFS?

At Oakmeadow, our EYFS area is a rich, stimulating learning environment where our children can make relationships, grow in confidence, explore, develop skills and concentration and make progress in all areas of learning.

As a school, we embrace a principle-led, child-centred and play-based framework. Our approach is guided by the effective characteristics of learning outlined in the EYFS: Creative and critical thinking, playing, exploring, and active learning. We believe these characteristics shape a child’s future success as a learner and we take great pride in our daily provision, our fabulous outdoor area and a real commitment and focus on outdoor learning, including a trained forest school leader.

The spacious outdoor environment has clearly defined areas where children can learn through play. With our cosy reading den providing a space where children can develop communication and language skills, share stories or books with their friends and a fabulous playhouse and mud kitchen to put together a mixture of delights! We can pretend to be builders in our construction area or enjoy some digging and burying in the gravel and sand pit! Our children also often use this space as a place to practise their music making and singing too!

Alongside this, we have a dedicated physical area for the children to practise moving in different ways, climbing, balancing and jumping. With tyres, logs and climbing walls in this area helping to develop our gross motor skills and a road track where children can practise riding on trikes, bikes and scooters and learn about road safety, we believe our children have every opportunity to thrive at Oakmeadow.

Across the school, we have a set of core values that embody our curriculum for all, one of these being love. Therefore, Snowy and Twinkle, the EYFS rabbits, help us to teach our children about responsibility and caring for living things. They love to help clean out the hutch, feed the rabbits and change their water daily.

Within our EYFS, which consists of a nursery (teacher led) and two reception classes, we have a skilled team of teachers and teaching assistants. Our Reception Classes and Nursery form a cohesive Early Years department ensuring that your child’s transition to school is seamless. We are very excited to have recently expanded our nursery to enable us to provide places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. 24U, funded and paid places are available. We also provide wraparound care from 8am-5.30pm Monday – Friday.

With each member of the teaching team offering a wealth of experience and expertise in developing communication and language, personal, social and emotional development and mathematics and early literacy skills, we feel confident our outstanding early years ensures your child gets the very best start. So with our provision and because we value working closely with parents and carers providing workshops to support your understanding in how we work to develop your children’s communication skills we hope that every home feels they are a real part of their child’s education.