Little Apples

Founded within the school in 2009, the Early Years Department started as an Assessment Placement Nursery and has evolved over the years in line with changes to Early Years provision.

The School has provision for pupils from age three up to nineteen and the Early Years Department covers the age range from Nursery to the end of Key Stage 1 (3 – 7 years).

Our aim in the Early Years Department is to work closely with Nursery settings and parents to ensure as smooth a transition into the school environment as we possibly can, and to put the child at the centre of everything we do.

The Prime Area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development strongly under-pins the amended EYFS Curriculum and is a key factor in settling pupils into their new environment.

As the prime educators of their children, parents play a crucial role in finding the correct starting point for their children’s educational, personal and emotional needs and ‘Time for Talk’ sessions are held at the child’s home by one of the EY team and/or our school Family Liaison Worker. 

These sessions help us find out what is important to the child and how we can best support them in school, and gives the parents an opportunity to get to know school staff and to ask any questions they may have.

Our amended Curriculum offers a wide range of differentiated opportunities and experiences linked to EYFS Developmental Standards, which allow pupils to play, explore and engage in the world around them.

We work closely with multi-disciplinary teams, e.g. Physiotherapists, OTs, Speech and Language Therapists, Music and Play Therapists and Advisory Service specialists to ensure provision for the best outcomes for pupils in need of these services.

We operate an ‘Open Door’ policy, by appointment, to current and prospective families wishing to discuss, or who are interested in, our provision for EY children, or to show you around our lovely school and all that it has to offer our pupils.

Our EY team is trained in Paediatric First Aid and specialist feeding procedures, supported by our School Nurse. 

We offer support and specialist referral to multi-disciplinary teams via our Family Liaison Worker.

The EY team regularly take up opportunities to further their skill and knowledge through EY and school Training sessions to enhance teaching and learning in the Department.

We look forward to welcoming you, should you wish to visit us.

Staff

Kate Parkinson - Head of Early Years & Teacher

Lizzie Spowart - HLTA

Di Hopkins - TA

Ali Henschker - TA


Julie Drew - TA


Linda Howells - TA


Sarah Jewitt - TA (Maternity Cover)