The Early Years Leader at the school is Helen Cawkill who is also a Senior Leader of Education.
Other team members are:
Jessica Hooper (Teacher)
Carolyn Preston (Teaching Assistant)
Beccy Legg (Teaching Assistant)
'What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?'
It's for children aged 3-5, and covers the years they spend from the beginning of nursery or pre-school to the end of Foundation 2 in primary school. It was introduced in September 2000 to cover these important years in your child's life. The latest framework for EYFS was introduced in September 2012.
At Bracken Lane, Early Years staff focus on the Development Matters statements and the Early Learning Goals.
They set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which encompasses seven areas of learning.
'Will the goals put pressure on my child?'
No! Most of the time, children will feel they're just playing and having fun. Sometimes they'll choose what they want to do. Sometimes they'll take part in an activity that helps them learn how to concentrate or develop a particular skill, like using scissors or writing.
'Will my child be tested at the end of the Foundation Stage?'
There will be an assessment made at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage called the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. The assessments are made by observing the children at work and play and the children do not notice that they are being assessed.
'What is the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile?'
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is a national scheme to enable teachers to record observations and summarise your child's achievements at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teachers record achievement based on their observations of your child's activities in all seven areas of learning throughout the year. They do not need to carry out any set assessment activities.
'What about when my child starts the Foundation class?'
When your child first starts reception class, their teacher carries out a baseline assessment, to find out about your child's learning needs. It's not a formal test. It's often done simply by doing some regular classroom activity with your child, such as looking at a book with them, so they won't even be aware they're being assessed. It's not something you or your child should worry about.
'What can I do to help my child?'
You're probably doing it already! Finding out what they have done at nursery, discovering what they like and don't like, encouraging them to ask questions, listen to others and try out new skills all help support their learning process. Reading your child stories and helping them to learn nursery rhymes is particularly helpful. Learning the key words and phonetic patterns that are sent home is crucial to success in Key Stage 1. The booklets sent home in the autumn term will tell you more about what your child will be learning and how you can help. If in doubt, ask Mrs. Cawkill or a member of the EYFS team, who will be delighted to help you.