Welcome to Early Years!

Here you can find out about what we are learning, our daily routines, important events and to see what Early Years is all about.

At Firbeck Academy, the staff and children are proud of our Early Years Foundation Stage. We hope you enjoy finding out more about our Early Years unit and how much fun we have discovering our environment.

Our Early Years Unit, has both Nursery and Reception in the same space. However, Nursery and Reception are taught separately to ensure progression and age-appropriate learning.

In our provision, the Nursery and Reception children play alongside each other, where the Reception children develop their explanation skills by helping the Nursery children and the Nursery children can look up to the Reception children as role models.

Click here to download the Firbeck Guide to Early Years

The Foundation Stage

Foundation Stage 1 children attend on a part-time basis the term after their third birthday for their 15 hours flexible free entitlement. For some, it is their first experience of life in an environment outside home and family, which can be an exciting venture. We strive to make this important phase in every child’s life secure, safe and happy.

Reception Class

Foundation Stage 2 children are encouraged to become independent learners through play. The day is divided into a number of sessions covering a variety of areas of learning. During these sessions there is a balance of adult-led and child-led activities.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design