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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
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Early Years Foundation Stage at Heartwood



Continuous Provision

Heartwood Key Principles


Environment - Our environment creates thinkers, problem solvers and negotiators where there are no ceilings on learning. There are planned opportunities to acquire knowledge and apply to new situations. Thorough assessment informs the environment.


Curriculum- Skills based curriculum with knowledge woven throughout. We focus on the process of learning. The curriculum dictates the skills and knowledge we teach.


Play- How we engage our children. This needs to be well planned using the children’s interests and informed by observations and assessment. A play-based approach ensures that we respond to individual needs and every child can access the provision and achieve their full potential.


Talk  - Opportunities are planned to increase and develop vocabulary and language.  This provides high quality talk for themselves, to each other and adults. There are high expectations and planned modelling of language.


Expectations- We have the highest expectations for all of our children. The provision provides challenge for all children and ensures that children are developing their knowledge and skills. Busy time is always purposeful, where we ensure that children always challenge themselves and further their own learning. Planning ensures that adults teach and move all children’s learning on through play.

New Parents - Welcome to Nursery and Reception

Please see the document below for information about the revised EYFS curriculum 2021 and how to support your child at home...

Please see the 'Curriculum' tab for more information on this, or open the 'What to expect, when?’ document above. This document details each of the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and what is expected of each child developmentally depending on their age range. This document is also very useful to support your child’s learning at home as it details what you can do out of school to support your child’s learning.

Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation

We are excited to have completed the Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation. 

Please view our case study on the website here...



Meet our Nursery Teacher - Miss Robbins

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Meet the Reception Teacher - Mr. Powley

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We have sourced and created lots of natural resources to create calm, engaging learning environments for the chidren...

Our Nursery classroom and outdoor area...

Our class pets in Nursery...

Our learning in Mouse Class...

Our Reception learning environment...

Reception Baseline Assessment- Information for parents

Early Years Funding Information Booklet