Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

“During their time in the EYFS, all children are extremely well cared for and supported in their learning so that they all make excellent progress.” ISI Inspection 2014

Our full-time Nursery has been awarded an outstanding rating in each of its three Ofsted inspections since it opened. We maintain a high ratio of dedicated, well-qualified staff to children and they also benefit from the expertise of specialist staff who work with them throughout the year in such subjects as PE, music, Spanish, football, mini-tennis and dance.

In the Nursery, children develop their personal, emotional and social skills as well as early learning skills in literacy, numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world and creative and physical development. Planning, assessment and recording is based on these six areas of learning and parents receive termly verbal and written reports on their child’s progress. A range of stimulating and enjoyable activities are offered every day and the weekly plans are clearly displayed for parents to see. The children experience many opportunities beyond the curriculum and curriculum-linked visits enhance their learning.

These activities are carefully chosen to match the specific needs of individual children in order to ensure their optimum development and achievement.

The setting is large and inviting, and the children have access to safe and secure indoor and outdoor play areas. The knowledge and experience gained in the Nursery establish an excellent foundation for entry into the Reception Class. The Nursery and Reception Classes form the Early Years Foundation Stage Department, and staff work together to provide a smooth transition into the Infant School.

The Reception classroom adjoins the Nursery setting, and in the afternoons children access all areas of the department so that they are familiar with the staff and the environment. By the time children move up to her class in the September after their fourth birthday, the Reception Teacher will already be aware of each child’s aptitudes, likes and dislikes and be prepared to nurture their unique gifts and talents. The friends they make at Nursery will stay with them throughout their time at Daiglen.

Daiglen School recognises the importance of parental contribution to children’s education and we always aim to work in partnership with parents for the benefit of our pupils. The Nursery Manager, and her staff are friendly and approachable. They are always happy to talk to parents about their children and to discuss any concerns, no matter how minor.

Eating at Nursery

We have our own kitchen where professional caterers prepare healthy snacks and fresh, balanced meals. The children have their lunch in the dining hall with the Nursery staff where they are taught hygiene and table manners. We encourage the children to drink water at any time. Healthy snacks with milk or water are provided at snack times. We have a no nut policy at Daiglen and can cater for specific dietary requirements. Any other dietary matters may be discussed with our chef who can be contacted during the School day, via the School office.

In order to ensure continuity of provision, our own staff provide before and after school care in an ‘early risers’ club and after-school club and Early Years staff supervise the children during the lunch and break time. Children are therefore being cared for and being encouraged to learn by the same people, whether in the classroom, the playground, the dining hall or in pre and post school clubs.

For admission to the nursery please see Enrolment and Admissions Procedure.