Early Years Centre
In Summer 2015, we built a beautiful new timber-frame Early Years Centre in our garden area to accommodate our Pre-school and Reception classes. The Centre enjoys direct access to the outdoor play area where the children can continue their learning outside the classroom.
Our Pre-school pupils may attend either morning or afternoon sessions, with the option to stay for lunch. Full days are also normally available.
Pre-school session times are as follows:
- Morning session: 8.45am - 11.45am
- Lunch: 11.45am - 12.15pm
- Afternoon session: 12.15pm - 3pm
Our Reception pupils attend five compulsory mornings per week from 8.30am - 12.30pm, including lunchtime. We also offer optional afternoon sessions each day from 12.30pm-3pm.
In the Early Years, we aim to prepare children for full-time learning in the main school by developing their foundational skills.
We use the ACE curriculum as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to help the children develop in the following areas:
- Communication and language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Understanding of technology and the world around them
- Expressive arts and design
In Pre-school the children follow the ACE Pre-school curriculum, then in Reception they move onto the ACE ABCs 'Learning to Read' Programme. The children learn the letter sounds and blends necessary to be able to read and write words and sentences, as well as some common irregular words. Each letter sound is represented by an animal character and incorporates a positive character trait, physical exercises and Bible stories. Alongside these, children learn basic Maths skills and Animal Science. The children also develop their learning around different topics during the year.
By the end of Reception, we would normally expect children to meet the early learning goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage and be ready to progress to the ABCs class.
The children enjoy a weekly trip to a local park, which offers wonderful opportunities for their physical development. They also visit the Forest School once or twice a term, where they can explore, build dens, experience outdoor story-telling, and even savour snacks from the camp fire! Other local visits include trips to Windsor Library and other nearby places of interest.
Promoting good behaviour
In Early Years we seek to develop each child's character with a particular emphasis on the importance of speaking positively, learning patience and being kind to others.
We receive Early Years Funding for eligible children. We also accept childcare vouchers for children below compulsory school age. For further details, please see our fees page.
For Pre-school we admit children either from the term after they turn three or the term in which they turn three.
It is recommended that children are potty trained prior to starting Pre-school.
For details on the admission process for Early Years, please visit the admissions page.