Welcome back to school, we hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are ready to get started on a brand, new school year. This year we will shortly be saying goodbye to Mrs Parker as she begins her maternity leave in the middle of September and we send her lots of love and good wishes for the birth of her baby in October. We are very luck to have Mrs Nolan joining us from Westfield Nursery in Dunstable. Mrs Nolan has a wealth of experience in early years and we are delighted to welcome her to our team.
We will be visiting new children at home with their families, advising them of their key worker and arranging stay and play sessions to begin the settling in process. This is a partnership between key worker and parents and enables a smooth, sensitive transition, giving children the start that suits them best.
The first month or so will be spent getting to know all the children and finding out what they enjoy and what their interests are. We will be completing a baseline assessment of each child so we can measure their progress throughout the year. During this first half-term we will be focusing on the Prime Areas of Learning, which are:
These areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum are categorised as prime areas because they lay the foundations for the remaining specific areas which are:
Of course, we will see these areas of the curriculum accessed and children will demonstrate key skills in this area but our main focus and attention will be on the prime areas.
Children will enjoy learning about autumn and the changes it brings along with the celebrations of Harvest, Halloween and Bonfire Night and of course, we will be finding out about a whole host of other things that I cannot tell you about because I don't know what they're going to be yet. This is the magic of working in the Early Years with young children and is a very exciting and rewarding process. Keep your eye on your child's Tapestry account to find out what we have got up to during the first half term.