Foundation Stage 1
Miss R Greenwood - Class Teacher (Key Person)
Mrs C Foster- Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Foundation Stage 2
Mrs V Randell - Class Teacher (Key person)
Miss J Duncan - Class Teacher (Key person)
Mrs K Cordiner - Teaching Assistant
Mrs L Williams - Teaching Assistant
Miss L Caley - Teaching Assistant
Mrs V Randell
Foundation Stage Leader
Every child in the Foundation Stage at Westgarth is assigned a Key Person. This is to ensure that we tailor the care and education we provide, to meet the individual needs of every child. Our aim is to help your child become familiar with our school, offer support to your child and allow us to build a good relationship with you. The Key Person for your child will be their class teacher. If you are unsure who your child’s Key Person please ask a member of the Foundation Stage Team who will be happy to help.
How to Contact Us
At Westgarth we have a flexible start to the day so we open the doors for the children in FS2 and FS1 at 8.45 on a morning, and for FS1, 12.15 on an afternoon. This means that there is always time at the start of the session if you wish to speak to your child’s Key Person or another member of staff.
You are welcome to make an appointment with the Class Teacher if you would like to have a more in depth conversation.
If you need to contact the school in an emergency then please telephone the School Office on 01642 485 560.
Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage
Food and Drink
All children in the Foundation Stage are provided with fruit every day.
The children in FS1 are also offered a drink of milk daily. Iced water is also available for all children.
Children in FS2 are encouraged to bring in their own water bottle inline with the practice of the rest of the school.
In both our Nursery and Reception classes we enjoy baking, cooking and eating the results so it is essential that you inform us if your child has any food allergies or special dietary needs.
Your child will also on occasions have other snacks or take part in food tasting activities as part of our curriculum.
What will your child do in our Foundation Stage?
At Westgarth we use The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to support us in our work in both FS1 (Nursery) and FS2 (Reception). The framework sets out the legal welfare requirements that we must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare. It also sets out the 7 areas of learning and development around which we plan our activities to support the development of your child. It also supports us with our assessment and explains the levels that your child should reach by the age of 5.Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development. There are three prime areas that most children develop first. These are:• Communication and language;• Physical development; and• Personal, social and emotional development.
As your child grows, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
• Understanding the world; and
• Expressive arts and design
We use these seven areas to plan your child’s learning and activities. We know that children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking and we plan lots of activities to support this both indoors and outside.
A Day in Nursery
There is a general pattern to the session in Nursery but we do try to be flexible to allow us to respond to the needs and interests of the children.
Our day looks something like this...
Self-registration and Free play
o Carpet time- Registration and daily input including phonics, number work, fine and gross motor skill development.
o Getting Busy-open ended play in areas across Nursery and the garden area.
o Milk and snack time
o Tidy up time
o Talk to write/Story
o Outside discovery
o Songs and Instruments
o Time for home!
And in Reception...
o Doors open, welcome children & parents
o Teaching and activity time
o Phonics teaching
o Handwriting & Singing
o Lunch time
o Guided Reading
o Activity and teaching time
o Story time/Circle time
o Time for home
What happens at the end of the day?
At the end of the session in Nursery, parents or carers or their representatives are invited to come in to the Nursery to help the children collect their belongings and get ready for home. When you arrive at the beginning of the session, we ask that you tell the Nursery Staff if there are any changes to the usual arrangements for collecting your child.
If no one arrives to collect your child, then the Nursery staff will phone you to try to establish the reason. Your child will remain in Nursery or go with a member of staff to the Main Office. If we are unable to contact you we will then use the information you provided on the Contact Form to contact an appropriate person to collect your child. We will continue to try to contact you and under no circumstances will your child be allowed to leave the school unless collected by a person that you have nominated. If in the unlikely event that we are still unable to make contact with an appropriate adult we will then contact Social Services.
If you are delayed for any reason please phone the school to let us know.
If your child is in the Reception Class then please wait in the playground and we will allow your child to come to you. We will make sure that we can see you before we will allow your child to leave. If your child is not collected we will follow the same procedures as listed above.
There are strict procedures in place to ensure that your child is safe in school. All doors in the Foundation Stage have high locks and handles, all gates are locked if the children are in Foundation Stage Garden and the children are supervised at all times. However, if your child does leave the school we will phone immediately to tell you, phone the people listed on the contact form to see if your child has arrived there and alert the police. We will also search the school grounds to see if they are still on school premises.