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.
Pupils have an average total points score of 42, compared with 34 nationally and 37 regionally.
In Communication and Language, 83% of pupils were exceeding, compared with 22% regionally and 15% nationally.
In Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development 66% of pupils were exceeding, compared with 24% and 14% respectively for the region and 13% and 10% nationally.
In Mathematics, 83% were at the expected level in Maths, which is on par with regional figures; 22% were exceeding compared to 12% nationally and 19% regionally.
In Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design, 92% were at the expected level and 66% exceeding, compared with 13% and 18% respectively at a regional level and 7% and 12% at a national level.
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.