Thank you for considering Bedgrove Foundation 1 as the first step in your child’s education. We recognise that choosing the right start for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make.
Nursery experience can often be a child’s first venture into the larger world outside of the family and home. What children encounter and learn at this stage in their lives can create strong and lasting foundations on which to build in later life, so we believe it is essential that these first experiences are of the highest possible quality.
Here at Bedgrove Infant School we recognise that each child is special, with unique talents, qualities and needs. In Foundation One, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, enabling each individual to be nurtured and ensuring they are able to flourish.
Working in partnership with parents we aim to provide a safe, stimulating and challenging environment where children together with adults can explore, have fun, play, talk and learn together, developing happy, confident and independent individuals within our school community.
Life in Foundation 1 at Bedgrove
Here at Bedgrove, we know that in order for children to learn; good quality play and interactions need to happen every single day.
As a large nursery setting, we have qualified and very experienced staff who can support and care for your developing child. On joining, each child will be allocated a key person to help them in making a smooth transition from home to school, and to support them throughout their time with us.
Our learning takes place through a variety of planned purposeful activities which are carefully thought out to ensure the maximum benefit for your child. These include child led activities, where adults extend and support children within their play; free flow activities and group times. Group times will be led by your child’s key person or sometimes another adult within the setting. The main group times will include phonics, maths, literacy or PSED activities. All children will also have a story and rhyme time at least once within each day; we have a ‘Story of the Week’ which fosters a love of reading and exposes the children to a variety of literature as well as providing a focus for planned learning opportunities. During free play, the children can choose between exploring inside or outside. We have wonderful and inspiring learning environments for the children to engage with throughout the session(s) and staff constantly adapt these based on the needs of the children.
To ensure that we are providing the best opportunities for your child, we frequently observe them at play. These observations inform our ongoing assessment of the children as well as supporting our planning, which in turn builds upon key skills that the children need to develop.
A delicious hot lunch is available for those children staying all day or for an extended morning session. Children also have the option to access snack at certain times during their day. The snack option changes daily and the children can help themselves once they have washed their hands. Water and milk is also freely accessible to the children. We encourage independence so the children have the option to pour their drinks themselves, although there is usually an adult nearby to support if needed.
As a school, we take allergies very seriously and we do everything possible to safeguard your child. Before your child joins us we will ensure we are aware of any allergies or intolerances and communicate these to all members of the team.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Young children learn from everything around them-the people, the environment the atmosphere, the routine, the experiences and all of these elements in Foundation One make up the curriculum.
The most successful ways in which children learn and develop are through playing and exploring, learning actively and creating and thinking critically. These are called the “characteristics of effective learning”
All the activities that are planned in Foundation One are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). There are 7 areas of learning within the EYFS, 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas. The different aspects of children’s growth and development are woven together, but it is interesting to look at the areas of learning separately to understand how children learn.
In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, children are learning to:
- Form secure relationships with other children and adults
- Play and work either on their own or with others
- Develop their own sense of self as well as their likes and dislikes
- Understand that their actions have consequences
- Empathise and respect others
In Physical Development, children are learning to:
- Strengthen and use the muscles throughout their bodies
- Understand the importance of exercise to keep them healthy
- Explore different activities which develop their co-ordination
- Move in a variety of ways
- Use tools independently
In Communication and Language, children are learning to:
- Listen, turn take and communicate with others
- Build the confidence to talk within groups
- Talk about themselves, friends and family times
- Follow instructions from familiar adults
- Extend their vocabulary, learning and practising new words
In Literacy, children are learning to:
- Believe in themselves as readers and writers
- Listen to stories, recalling who is in the story and predicting what might happen at the end
- Enjoy a wide range of nursery rhymes and poems, reciting these from memory
- Develop underpinning Phonics skills through Letters and Sounds Phase 1
- Make their own marks, give meaning to those marks and explore print in the environment
In Mathematics, children are learning to:
- Understand the concept of number
- Explore ways of counting, adding and subtracting through fun activities such as number rhymes
- Experiment with shapes, colours and measurement and use them for a purpose
- Understand mathematical language
- Explore and play with maths within our learning environment
In Understanding of the World, children are learning to:
- Develop their knowledge of the world around them using all of their senses
- Explore and experience the natural world
- Experiment at a simple level
- Be curious about how things work
- Use technology with purpose
In Expressive Arts and Design, children are learning to:
- Find ways of expressing themselves, their emotions and feelings
- Explore various creative materials, music and dance
- Have their own ideas and the confidence to have a go
- Use their communication and language skills
- Experiment with different tools and techniques
For more information about the EYFS, please click on the links below:
Parents as Partners
Parents are children’s first teachers and at Bedgrove we value the important job that you are doing as parents. We would like to work in partnership with you, to support you and your child on their first steps into education.
Parents will be welcomed into the setting regularly to see what happens in Foundation One. We have an open door policy where parents can have a quick chat to their child’s key person/teacher on the gate or if they would like a longer discussion, parents can email in to arrange an appropriate time. Learning Journeys are also available for parents to look at when they wish to and drop in sessions will be provided for this purpose too.
One of the other ways we communicate with parents is to write a weekly blog. This is updated with the story of the week, examples of learning, photographs and a brief description of what we have been doing. This is popular with the children and their families who often look at it together. Please do take a look at the Foundation 1 page of the school’s website for an insight into a typical, fun filled week at Nursery!
We also aim to have frequent opportunities where parents can come into school and join us for seasonal activities, such as at Christmas, where you are welcome to join us for a carol concert with the children.
Visits to the nursery are encouraged and if you would like to arrange one, please contact: email@example.com
In Foundation 1, the children wear school uniform like the rest of the school. However, as we encourage the children to be as independent as possible we offer a little more flexibility in the choices of clothes they can wear at this earliest stage of their education.
We ask if parents can choose the most appropriate item of clothing to suit the needs of their child. For a child who needs support with toileting, we suggest wearing jogging bottoms or leggings as these are easier to pull down.
- Jogging bottoms, purple, black or grey
- Black or grey leggings
- Black or grey school trousers
- Grey pinafore/school dress /grey skirt
- White polo shirt
- Purple sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan with school logo
- Comfortable dark coloured, closed toed shoes (preferably school shoes)
Funded Places at our Nursery
At Bedgrove we are able to offer a number of funded hours to best suit the needs of you, the parent. Currently we can offer: 15 hours, 24 hours and/or 30 hours.
This year, we are trying to be as flexible as possible for you. If you are only eligible for 15 funded hours for example, and you want your child to be at the settling for longer; there is an option for you to pay an additional fee. This is the same for all funded hours.
If before and after school care is a need, we can also offer additional care between 07:30 until nursery opens as well as 14:45 until 17:00 at an additional cost. This will include a small snack after school. Please note that this additional provision is for child care and will not include any formal teaching.
If you have any questions you would like to discuss further or you would like to arrange a visit, please feel free to contact:
We look forward to seeing you very soon.