EARLY YEARS DEPARTMENT

THE AIMS OF THE EARLY YEARS DEPARTMENT

The aim for the Early Years Department is to foster happy children who are able to work confidently across all areas of the curriculum developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that is required for future learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum comprises of seven areas of Learning and Development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three  areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three Prime areas are:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • physical development 

Communication and Language

This area of development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to practice and extend their range of vocabulary; to develop their receptive and expressive language skills; to respond to and follow instructions; to respond to adults and to each other; to speak clearly and confidently and listen carefully in a range of situations.

Physical development

With opportunities for all children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement through practicing their fine motor skills, including pencil control and cutting and snipping with scissors and their gross motor skills, through outdoor play and focused physical activity. We help them understand the importance of physical activity, how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy, in particular to make healthy choices in relation to food and to be safe. Specialist teaching in PE for Reception classes takes place weekly.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We help children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others by promoting an inclusive ethos and providing opportunities for each child to become a valued member of that group and community.

Social Skills

To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; to co-operate and work harmoniously alongside and with each other and to listen to each other.

Attention Skills and Persistence

To develop the capacity to concentrate on their own play; and group or individual tasks. To have confidence in their own abilities by fostering an enthusiasm for knowledge and learning.

Literacy

Children are initially encouraged to link sounds and letters and then to begin to read and write. They are provided with opportunities to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and texts in a broad range of contexts and to experience a rich variety of books, poems and other written materials. At Reddiford, there is a particular emphasis on developing high levels of Literacy skills. Jolly Phonics are taught from the Nursery class onwards.

Mathematics

With opportunities for all children to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using of numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe measurements, patterns, shapes and spaces by providing a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about them. At Reddiford, there is a particular emphasis on developing high levels of Mathematical skills.

Understanding the world

Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts and to explore and find out about technology, the environment and people and places that have significance in their lives. Specialist teaching of ICT and French takes place in the Reception classes.

Expressive Arts and Design

To enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. Children are given opportunities to work in the style of particular artists to  develop techniques and extend knowledge. Specialist teaching in Music takes place weekly.

Nursery Education Grant

Reddiford Early Years Department is registered with Harrow Council in order that all 3 and 4 year old children may receive the Nursery Education Grant for 15 hours free funding a week. This amount is deducted from the fees for all eligible children.

A child is eligible for the grant from the term after they are three years old to the term in which they are five years old inclusive. Please be aware that your child must be in attendance during Harrow Council’s head count week, in order to qualify for this grant.

For further information, please contact the School Bursar.

Communication

All staff try to be as approachable as possible and parents are encouraged to talk to them whenever necessary. No matter how small the problem, a quick word with a teacher on a minor matter can be held informally either in the morning or afternoon. If a longer discussion is required, parents are asked to make an appointment with the teacher concerned via the office.

The Reddiford Read is published regularly. Please also visit our school website www.reddiford.co.uk for further information and updates. All letters are sent via the ParentMail system. Please ensure the school has your correct details.

Homework

Nursery/Foundation children will bring a folder home at the end of the week. It will contain a homelink book, a note informing you of our theme for the following week and some completed activities.

At some point during their first term, we will send home some photographic evidence of their first few days in the Nursery for you to keep.

Reception – Regular reading is vital and it is recommended that all children read for a minimum of 10-20 minutes per day depending upon the age of the child. All children will have a reading diary, which must be signed and dated by parents on a regular basis.

Reading books will be sent home at the end of each week. The reading diary will accompany these books which should be kept together at all times in the book bag provided.

Please return your child’s book bag every Tuesday.

Other homework is given at the end of the week and always reinforces work covered in class. Completed homework should be handed in with the reading book on Tuesday.

School Policies

These are available on request.

Parents’ Consultations

There is a parents’ consultation meeting held each term. This is a brief interview and should you need a longer appointment this may be arranged in conjunction with the class teacher. In the Early Years Department parents are allowed access to all written records about their children (except in cases where data protection law stipulates it is against the best interest of the child to do so) and, where requested, comments from parents are incorporated into them.

Reports

Early Years Reports will be sent home for each child regularly. Please see Parent Communication grid.

Assessment

Your child will be continually assessed throughout their time in Nursery/Foundation to establish whether they adhere to the School’s expectations of behaviour and social interaction (Please see School’s Behaviour Policy) and ascertain their ability to reach the required academic standards in order to progress to Reception.

Timings of the School Day

The full school day for the Early Years Department starts at 8.45am and ends at 3.15pm. The gates open at 8.30am and the children are supervised by members of staff. You are asked not to engage the staff in conversation, as their main concern during this time is your child’s safety. You may, of course, leave a message for your child’s teacher at this time. If a morning only Nursery place has been allocated, the session finishes at 12.15pm.

It is most important that parents are punctual, children easily become worried if they are not collected on time.

Early Club

We provide an Early Club for parents who wish to use this facility. The Early Club is available from 8.00am to 8.30am.There is a small charge for this service and details available on request.

Extended Day

We provide an extended day from 3.30pm – 6.00pm each day for children whose parents wish them to stay after school. The telephone number for this is 0208 866 1204. Details available on request.

Some of you may wish to stay every day or regular selected days. Please complete the appropriate form stating which days your child will be attending and the approximate collection time. Some may just like to use this facility when it best suits your busy lives. This should be arranged by telephoning the Early Years Secretary on or before the day to ensure that we are able to accommodate your child.

Healthy snacks of fruit or vegetables should be provided in a named box for Extended Day.

Parents Arriving or Collecting in Cars

Please do not park across the driveways of Cecil Park residents, in the Library or Synagogue car park, or the Early Years playground side of Cecil Park. The Early Years playground has double yellow lines as well as school keep clear markings. This means that you cannot stop or wait, even to set down or pick up passengers at any time. Children should be escorted across the road if you are parked on the far side. Please take note of the parking restrictions and do not perform manoeuvers such as three point turns as this can endanger lives. Borough Parking Attendants patrol regularly and will prosecute any drivers parking partly on pathways or infringing any other parking or highway rules.

Car sharing – For environmental reasons and to reduce congestion, we would urge you to car share wherever possible. Added benefits are company for your children and reduced fuel costs.

Due to the congestion around the site, we would suggest parking in Pinner Memorial Park or Sainsbury’s car park.

Parents using Public Transport

The following transport links are available:-

Buses: # 183, H11, H12, H13

Trains/Underground: Pinner Station – Main Line and Metropolitan Line. One entrance is located at the end of Cecil Park, (opposite the Early Years Department), open during rush hour. Entry at other times is in High Road, Pinner.

 

Roads: Cecil Park site – accessible from Marsh Road. Marsh Road site – accessible from Eastcote Lane, Rayners Lane, Elm Park Road, Pinner road, which is included in LCN – Cycle route (off road).

 

End of Term

School finishes at 12.00pm on the last day of each term. Please be prompt.

Snacks

The children should bring in their own healthy snack of fruit or prepared vegetables.

Children have unrestricted access to fresh drinking water, with water fountains in both outdoor areas. They should bring in a refillable water bottle for use throughout the day.

Lunch

Lunchtime starts at 11.50am. Parents are instructed to provide a freezer pack which should be placed with their child's lunch in a clearly named lunch box during periods of hot weather. No glass bottles, cans or plastic bags should be brought into school.

Our policy is to encourage the children to eat and any uneaten food will be sent home in the lunch box so you may monitor your child’s eating. For Health & Safety reasons, please do not include any items that contain nuts, this includes cakes and pastries, yogurts, Nutella spread and peanut butter. Please cut grapes and tomatoes in half and sausages should be cut lengthwise as well as across the width.

All children should be able to feed themselves. Please ensure that you provide any cutlery needed.

Illness

Please notify the school office by 9.00am of any absence due to illness. Children who have a raised temperature should not be in school. If your child has suffered with any form of sickness or diarrhoea, we ask that the symptoms must be absent for a period of 48 hours before returning to school. The child should also not return to school for 48 hours after the last dose of any medication used to relieve symptoms as they may be a latent carrier of a bug or virus. Please also inform the school if your child contracts an infectious disease such as chickenpox or measles. It is a legal requirement that a note to explain any absence from school is provided upon your child’s return. Please note if a child needs antibiotics it is wise to keep them at home for the first 24 hours. Parents must ensure that they have suitable arrangements in place in order that a child may be collected promptly from school if their child should become ill during the school day.

Medication

Any medicine,which has been prescribed by a doctor and is required to be taken during the school day, must be clearly marked with the correct dosage and the child’s name. It must be handed to a member of staff and not put into a lunch box. A medication permission slip must also be completed. Staff will not administer non-prescription medicines such as Calpol.

Outings

The children go on regular outings and visit places of local interest. Your child’s safety is paramount and adequate supervision is always provided. Please ensure you fill in the permission slip and return it on your child’s first day.

Major Functions

These are various events to which parents and families are most welcome. These include the Carol Service, Harvest Festival, concerts and drama productions.

PTA

The school has a thriving parent/teacher association and all parents are invited to attend the meetings. 

The PTA organises  a number of fundraising events through out the school year. These include events such as the Christmas Coffee Morning, Summer Fun Evening and Pizza lunches. The revenue raised is used to improve the fabric of the school and provide better facilities in the classrooms. The PTA rely on the support of parents and staff alike and we  at Reddiford are blessed with a highly motivated and dedicated committee who carry out their duties in a most professional manner.

A school is part of the community and the aforementioned events help strengthen our bond with the community and provide an opportunity for parents to become acquainted in pleasant surroundings and a congenial atmosphere. This in turn creates a family environment in the school within which children thrive.

Security

We will only release your child into the hands of a known carer. Please keep us advised as to whom that carer will be and ensure that the appropriate Arrival and Departure form is kept up to date via the School Office.

Settling in Procedure

As parents, you are obviously the most important people in your child’s life, and your child may not respond to us whilst you are present. So, in our experience, children settle quicker if parents do not delay their departure on the first morning. We do request you are easily contactable for the first few days and if problems arise you may be asked to accompany your child for a settling in period. You may telephone at any time during the first few days to enquire about your child.

All children must be fully toilet trained and be able to use the facilities independently before being accepted into the Early Years Department.

Unauthorised Absence

Parents do not have an automatic right to take a child from School for holiday purposes. Permission must be obtained in advance.

Holidays must be planned during school holiday time to avoid disruption to your child's education, which is always adversely affected by such absence. The Headteacher may not grant a leave request for the purpose of a family holiday except in exceptional circumstances.

If a child is kept away for longer than the period agreed, the additional time will normally be treated as unauthorised. Similarly, if a child is taken away without prior written permission, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

These arrangements are made in accordance with the Education (Schools and Further Education) Regulations 1981 and guidance issued by the Department for Education 'School Attendance: Policy and Practice on Categorisation of Absence'.

Medical appointments should be made out of school time, however, if this is not possible a letter must be provided to the form teacher prior to the appointment. Any child returning from illness etc, must be accompanied by a note. If arriving at school late for any reason, a child must register first with the school office.

School Uniform

The school uniform must be worn at all times. A uniform list is can be found in the Parents' Portal within the General Information folder. Please ensure that all articles of clothing are clearly named including underwear.

For Health and Safety reasons, children are not allowed to wear jewellery, including earrings, or religious adornments.

Childcare Vouchers

Parents can use childcare vouchers towards school fees, whilst a child is in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  From form one upwards, childcare vouchers can only be used for payment of before school or after school clubs or activities. 

We are registered with the majority of childcare voucher providers and will always register with new childcare voucher providers, if helpful to a parent.

Certain childcare vouchers require a reference number for Reddiford School.  No childcare voucher providers require a reference specific to either Early Years, Pre Prep or Prep departments, as the following reference numbers cover all departments of Reddiford School (regardless if the Reddiford account with the childcare voucher provider has "nursery" prefixed to the short name).

We are registered with the following providers, this is not an exhaustive list, below are the most common providers:

  • Computer Share Voucher Services - carer reference number 014303352
  • Eden red - carer reference number P240999
  •  Childcare plus (PES)  - no specific carer reference number
  • Sodexho - carer reference number 133711
  • Busy Bees - no specific reference number
  • Care4 - carer reference number - 44020266
  • Kiddi vouchers - no specific carer reference number
  • All save Limited - no specific reference number
  • You at Work (YAW) - no specific reference number
  •  RG Childcare - no specific reference number
  • Fair care Childcare Vouchers - no specific reference number
  • Fideliti Childcare Vouchers - no specific reference number


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