Pupils in Nursery and Reception follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum seven areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication & Language; Physical Development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts & Design.

They share a weekly Early Years Assembly and perform together in the Christmas Nativity. The Golden Rules of the EYFS and Pre-Prep form an important part of pupils’ lives, learning how to respect and help each other in all that they do. Responsibility is fostered through the opportunity to be the ‘Helping Hand’ of the week.

“The overall effectiveness of the Early Years provision is excellent.  The curriculum is extremely well suited to the needs of the individual, and teachers provide a secure and nurturing environment in which children achieve high standards in their learning and development.”

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The Nursery

Children may join Nursery at 3 years old on either a full time or part time basis. There are ten sessions in the week, five in the morning and five in the afternoon. The morning session is from 8.15am – 11.50am and the afternoon session is from 11.50am – 2.50pm. Children who stay for the afternoon session will receive lunch. The number of sessions children attend depends on their needs and availability.

The day begins for Nursery with a variety of sensory activities and imaginative play.  Throughout the day a gentle structure introduces them to the curriculum, and allows for development of literacy and numeracy skills.  Pupils also enjoy sharing time, dance and drama and a range of outdoor activities and games.


From the September after their fourth birthday children enter Reception as full-time pupils. Reception pupils are considered to be members of the Early Years section of Pinewood, but they are also important members of the Pre-Prep department. They join with Years One and Two in a range of assemblies each week and share Pre-Prep facilities. This all works towards a smooth transition into Key Stage 1.

On moving to Reception, a greater degree of structure builds on literacy and numeracy skills in a multi-sensory and engaging manner.  Children also benefit from topic based studies, creative subjects and Music, Sport and Ballet.

We do operate the County Council’s Nursery Education Funding Scheme for eligible children in the Nursery and Reception.  Please contact the School Office for more details.

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