Welcome to our Early Years
Our EYFS Unit provides a safe and exciting place where children learn, develop, have fun and are nurtured and cared for. We have two bright and welcoming classrooms and a large outdoor area which children can access at any time, for most of the day. Both our outdoor and indoor areas are carefully resourced to engage children and promote the development of key skills. Our staff are all very experienced and look forward to welcoming you and your child.
We take children into the unit from the beginning of the term after they turn 3 until the end of the Reception year. Attendance at our nursery does not guarantee a school place and you will still have to apply for that in the usual way. We do offer the 30 hours per week free Nursery childcare (subject to parents’ eligibility). Our nursery sessions are 8.45 am to 11.45 am, and the afternoon session is from 1 pm to 3.30 pm. We currently charge £9 for any additional session and £3 per day for the lunch time session. A school meal is £2.20 (or you can provide a packed lunch if you prefer).
If your child is not using all their hours, we can use an extra hour a day for the lunch session. Limited places are also available for Nursery children at our breakfast and after school club and you can use some of your 30 hours entitlement for this subject to availability.
If you have any further questions, would like to request an application form or arrange a visit please contact the school office or email
EYFS Intent, Implementation, Impact Statements
Intent: At Kirkbampton C of E Primary School we aim to offer a curriculum that is rich in wonder and memorable experiences. We work hard to provide a stimulating environment based around play that provides exciting opportunities, promotes challenge, encourages exploration and adventure and supports a real love of learning. It is our intent that all children develop physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally in an environment which values all cultures, communities and people and is underpinned by our Christian ethos. We encourage our children to be confident and independent learners who believe in themselves, communicate effectively and interact positively with others. We understand that play is an integral part of learning and this is at the heart of our Early Years curriculum. We believe that the correct mix of adult directed and child-initiated play ensures the best outcomes for our learners. We recognise the crucial role that Early Years education has to play in providing firm foundations upon which the rest of a child’s education is successfully based and therefore a warm, positive and strong relationship between staff, children and parents is key.
Implementation: At Kirkbampton C of E Primary School we meet the welfare requirements laid down in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We create a language rich environment through the use of songs, rhymes, stories and by providing time for quality interactions between adults and peers. Trained staff ensure that interactions are positive and progressive which allows children to flourish and gather words in order to become confident communicators. Children are encouraged to become early readers through an enjoyment of books and the systematic teaching of phonics. Children learn nursery rhymes and songs and are encouraged to share these with their parents and siblings at home. We encourage children to develop their mathematical thinking through direct teaching and exploration and aim for them to become confident mathematicians who can apply their knowledge to real life experiences. We have built our school environment to enable children to strengthen their core muscles through physical play and children spend time outdoors, in the natural environment, in all weathers. They develop through exploratory, sensory experiences in the mud kitchen, sand and water area, climbing area, and digging pit. The children are supported to learn to work together, manage their feelings and ask questions through skilled adult facilitated play. Our learning environment is adaptable in order to reflect the children’s interests and progression. The curriculum is taught through themes, which are enriched with classroom enhancements, trips and visitors. The topics are also supported by quality key texts, that are chosen, to encourage speech and language development. All planning however, is flexible and responsive to the children’s needs and interests so can be changed and adapted. We understand the importance of parental engagement and believe that our parents have a crucial role to play in their children’s education. We work hard to create strong partnerships between home and school. Parents receive a newsletter each half term to inform them of what their child is learning and they can use Tapestry to engage in their child’s learning and share experiences from home. As part of the teaching and learning process, children are assessed in relation to their progress towards the Early Learning Goals. These judgements are made on the basis of accumulative observations and the staff’s depth knowledge of the children. These observations and assessments also inform planning and next steps for the children throughout the year.
Impact: Our curriculum, and its delivery, ensures that children make good progress from their own starting points. We also strive for children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception and for our school to be at least in line with National Expectations. The impact of our curriculum is measured by observation and assessment procedures. We are aware of pupils whose learning is on track within the curriculum areas and we put supportive interventions/enhancements in place for those who are not on track. Trained staff use observations to make formative assessments which inform future planning and ensure that all children build on their current knowledge and skills at a good pace.
The impact of our curriculum will also be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens. We endeavour for pupils to be Key Stage 1 ready and have our school values embedded by the time they leave reception, preparing them for their future.