Foundation Stage - About Us

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The foundation stage is where our youngest children start their school journey.

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. Up until the age of 5, their early years should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

Hillside foundation Stage is a purpose built environment specifically designed to provide high quality learning for 2.5 – 5 year olds in our Nursery and Reception classrooms.

Our Foundation is set up to promote learning through play and experiences. Play is an integral part of EYFS. Children are given lots of opportunities to initiate, investigate and develop their own play, ideas and thinking both inside and outside.

 

Benefits of a our Foundation Stage

  • To offer outstanding provision for children in Early Years Foundation Stage.

  • So children can experience continuity of educational experience throughout their time in the Foundation Stage.

  • To enable well-being and early learning to be nurtured without the disruption of transition.

  • Children are taught by specialist adults trained to teach in Early Years Foundation Stage.

  • Children work in small groups to enable staff to get to know them really well.

  • Parents get to know school staff well and build up a crucial relationship.

Provision

  • The Hillside Foundation Stage is a purpose built environment specifically designed to provide high-quality learning for 3-5 year-olds.

  • Our Foundation Unit is set up to promote learning through play and experiences. Play is an integral part of EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Children are given lots of opportunities to initiate, investigate and develop their own play, ideas and thinking within the 6 areas of learning inside and outside.

Foundation Stafe Organisation

Upon entering Foundation, children will be allocated a Key Person. A Key Person (the class teacher or Early Years Practitioner) has responsibility for the children in their key group. This includes your child’s education but also their safety and wellbeing. Although the teachers take overall responsibility for your child’s academic progress, their Key Person will also be very involved in their development.

Families should share any important information with their child’s Key Person at the start of the day, such as any issues that may affect the child’s day. They will also be your first port of call for any problems or queries.

 

Our Nursery Key Groups are:

  • Hedgehogs – Miss Hart

  • Squirrels – Miss Czornij

Our Reception Key Groups are:

  • Rabbits – Mrs Attewell

  • Owls – Miss Chaudhary

  • Badgers – Mrs Clarke and Mrs Kidd

  • Foxes – Mrs Nowak

Moving from Nursery (F1) to Reception (F2)

Gaining a place at Hillside Foundation 1  DOES NOT automatically guarantee a place in Foundation 2.  Parents are responsible for registering their child with Wokingham Borough Council for admission to the school as a Reception child.

Places for F2 are not allocated on a first come first served basis but are determined by Wokingham Borough Council admissions.

Click here to view our Admissions page.

Click here to view our Admissions policy.

 

  

Observations

Observations are made of the children using ipads to document their learning. These will be shared with you termly via email, so please ensure the school has your current email address. We welcome any observations from home that you would like to share.

 

 

Support in Foundation

If you have some free time that you would like to spend helping in Foundation, do let your child’s Key Person know. We always appreciate volunteers who can read with children, play a game or share a special skill!

 

First Aid

We have trained paediatric First-Aiders in our Foundation Stage at all times.

 

Parent Meetings

During the Autumn Term, F2 parents will be invited to a meeting to discuss how well their child has settled in at Hillside and the progress they are making.

In the Spring Term, F1 parents are invited to a parent meeting to discuss settling in and progress being made in their child’s learning and development.

In the Summer Term, F2 parents only, are invited to a final meeting to discuss profiles and reports, as well as transition into Year One.

Throughout the year, parents are invited to workshops t find out how their child learns and how parents can support their child at home.