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Early Years Foundation Stage at Heartwood

Our EYFS consists of two year groups, Nursery (Mouse Class) and Reception (Rabbit Class).

In Nursery we offer a morning session (8.30am - 11.30am) and an afternoon session (12.30pm - 3.30pm). 

Our Early Years team work closely together to plan exciting opportunities and learning activities.


The children learn in an environment set up to provide hands on, play based learning through 'continuous provision', with constant access to outdoor learning. We encourage children to embrace the outdoors whatever the weather and all EYFS children have a weekly Forest School session.


We adopt a child-led approach to planning where children influence the planning and the environment. Our approach and philosophy is heavily influenced by experts, including Greg Bottrill, Alistair Bryce- Clegg and Anna Ephgrave. 

We are adopting the curiosity approach to our environment and provision which is a modern day approach,taking parts from Reggio, Stiener, Te Whariki and Montessori. 


'this modern day approach brings curiosity, awe and wonder into early childhood and creating the 'thinkers' and 'doers' of the future' The curiosity approach 2020



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.

Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation

We are excited to be working towards the Hygge in the Early years accreditation and leadership accreditation. 


Meet the Teacher: Nursery - Miss Robbins

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New Parents - Welcome to Nursery and Reception

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 Reception learning environment...

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 how many months old they are. It also details the Early Learning Goals which outline the level of learning and development that children are expected to have reached by the end of the Reception year at school. This document is also very useful to support your child’s learning at home as it details at the beginning of each age band, what you can do at home to support your child’s learning.

Our learning in Mouse Class so far this year...

Our Learning in Rabbit class so far this year...

Early Years Policy

EYFS  Leader: Jen Robbins


Early Years Funding Information Booklet