Our Early Years provision, led by a dual qualified Nursery Nurse and Early Years Teacher, offers a completely flexible learning experience for Nursery and Reception aged children. The children work in small groups on activities appropriate to their level of development and ability, which allows them to progress at their own pace unrestricted by age, and enhances social and language development.
The School Day
The school day for Early Years starts at 8:30 a.m. and finishes at either 11.30 am or 3:15 p.m. Nursery aged children may stay for the morning session only and extend their time to a full day when they are ready.
When not working in small groups in the Focus room, the children have free-flow access to a choice of play-based learning in the Activity room or the dedicated outdoor learning area.
The children love using our sports hall for P.E., the dance studio for their ballet lessons, eating lunch in the main dining room and joining the rest of the Junior school for assembly every morning.
"The children benefit from being fully integrated to the whole school, with a flexible approach to the daily routine that accommodates their individual needs."Hayley ComptonEarly Years Teacher
Early Years Curriculum
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, planning our topics over a two year cycle to cover the six areas of learning and development, combined with many enrichment activities. We work hard to establish excellent literacy and numeracy standards early on as both underpin the entire school curriculum, so it is essential that children have a firm grasp of these fundamental skills.
Recognising that our parents may need to juggle working out of the home and dropping off and picking up siblings at other schools we offer a fully flexible extended day for all of our pupils right from the Early Years.
Early Years children may be dropped off at school from 7.30am where they are cared for in the dining room, free of charge and escorted to their classrooms at 8.00am. Breakfast is also available in the dining room, at a small cost, from 7.30am. Alternatively, the girls may be dropped at the Early Years classroom between 8.00-8.30am.
After school care is available until 6.00pm, free of charge until 4.00pm.
From Early Years up to Year 3, girls participate in weekly ballet lessons that focus on introducing the children to the dance technique, as well as encouraging them to express themselves through dance and movement. Through the lessons, girls gain strength, improve flexibility, learn set routines and are also given the opportunity to create their own short ballet sequences.
Ballet teaches how to stand correctly and walk with grace and poise – qualities that will be of benefit for years to come, even if the study of ballet is not pursued further. Ballet enables girls to improve their coordination skills and grow in confidence and provides a mental and creative challenge, as they learn to put steps into a sequence and remember routines.
A Happy Start
Before your daughter starts her school life at Greenacre, she will receive an invitation to a ‘Taster Morning’ where she can come and visit her new class, meet the staff, her key-worker and her friends. This enables children to become familiar with our environment both indoors and outdoors. Refreshments are available for parents so that they can become acquainted with other parents and have the opportunity to talk to staff.
Prospective pupils are also invited to attend events throughout the year such as Music and Movement sessions, our Christmas Party, the Easter Egg Hunt and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the summer term.