Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to our Early Years page. Here you can find out about our classes and what we are learning.
Here at Avenue, the staff and children are really proud of our Early Years Foundation Stage and love coming to school to learn. We hope you enjoy finding out about our Nursery and Reception classes.
Our nursery class is called Caterpillar Class. It offers both 15 and 30 hours provision. Children who stay for 15 hours will attend either each morning or afternoon. After the October half term, they will be eligible to stay for one full day each week. You can register your child for our nursery on our website by selecting ‘parents’ and then ‘register for our nursery’.
The 30 hours provision is free for parents who are eligible - check www.gov.uk to find out if you may be eligible. Once your child is given a place at our nursery, you will be invited to attend some of our stay and play sessions which run during the academic year before your child is due to start.
Our Reception year has three classes – Ladybirds, Busy Bees and Dragonflies. They each have room for 25 children, with two adults in each class. If you are parent who is looking to choose a school for their child, you can book onto one of our parent tours which usually run between October and December each year. See our admissions section to see which dates are available to visit. Once you have decided which school or schools you would like your child to attend, visit https://www.leicester.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-and-colleges/school-admissions/starting-infant-or-primary-school/ to apply.
In our EYFS setting, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which sets out the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.
Standards are set to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Learning through play is a vital part of your child’s learning in Early Years. Teacher’s plan to support your child’s learning through a good balance of adult led and child initiated learning activities both indoors and outdoors.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting
children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.
These are the prime areas:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the
three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
At the start of the reception year, teachers will complete a statutory baseline assessment with the children. Further information can be found here: LINK. Throughout the year all of the adults in the class will contribute to the children's Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, showing the child's level of development by the end of the year. This will then be shared with parents in the summer report, as well as year 1 teachers ready for the children moving up. The report will inform you of your child’s progress and whether they have met or are continuing to work towards their early learning goals (ELGs). There will be plenty of opportunity to talk about how your child is getting on, at parents meetings for example.
Class Email Addresses
Please find below the class email addresses, which you can use to contact your child's class teacher.