Early Years Aims

Our aim is to have happy, engaged, independent and active learners, who feel supported and confident to follow their own interests. The adults encourage and nurture the children’s inate curiosity, playing alongside them and challenging them to explore and discover things for themselves.

At Stanley Road we have a Nursery for children age 3-4 years old and two Reception classes. We have engaging, interesting classrooms, outdoor learning areas for both Nursery and Reception and a wonderful Forest School area, which all Early Years classes visit every week.

Nursery sessions run 8.45 am – 11.45 am, 12.15pm-3.15pm or children can attend all day.

Children arrive and self-register, then head into free learning- choosing where they would like to play within the nursery.

Carpet time- the whole group take part in ‘Write Dance’ or yoga followed by our nursery rhyme of the week. We then move into…

Family Groups- children are in small groups with an adult. We supervise tooth brushing, then move onto our activities which including cooking, craft, discussions, maths etc.

Free Learning- children access the learning environment both indoors and outside.

Whole group activity- we share stories, act them out on our ‘Story Stage,’ sing songs and play instruments.

Home time


Special Days

Monday- we have PE in the big hall; dance, gymnastic and games.

Friday- Forest School (on site).


Reception children attend from 8.50 am – 3.10 pm.

Children arrive with their adults and complete morning activities, such as name writing.

Whole class carpet time- phonics

Free learning- children access the learning environment both indoors and outside.

Snack is available for the whole day- a choice of milk, water and fruit.

Whole class carpet time- maths

Lunch time- children eat their lunch in the hall, then play outside.

Family groups- adult directed topic based activities.

Free learning

Whole class carpet time- Story and songs.

Home time


Special Days

Wednesday- Forest School

Thursday- PE

Statutory Framework for early years foundation stage 2021

This document lays out the expectations for an early years setting. Our curriculum is based on it’s over arching principles and the areas of learning and development.

Communication & Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social & Emotional Development



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts & Design

Development Matters 2021

We use this document to support planning and monitor the progress of our children.

Birth to 5 matters

We also use this document to support planning and guidance.


Within Early Years we use an online learning journey called Tapestry. You will be registered with a secure account where you can access photos and videos of your child’s learning, combined with any news and updates.

We are very keen for parents and carers to share the valuable learing and activities that you do at home with us using this website too. The children enjoy sharing special events with the class.

Tapestry uses a website and there is also an app available.