Early Years

Welcome to Early Years!

 Our Foundation Stage puts every child’s interests and achievements at the centre of everything we do. By observing our children, we find out what they know and where they need further support. We feel, along with the ethos of the Early Years Foundation Stage, that each child is unique, that their own opinion on their education and achievements is valid and that their individual likes, dislikes and needs must be of the upper most importance at all times. Observing children through their play and interactions helps us to plan and provide for real and relevant experiences to help extend and move every individual forward in their own learning journey.

Our Foundation Stage consists of a Pre-School, known as Jellyfish class and two Reception classes: Turtle Class and Sharks Class.

 Information about what the children are doing in their classes can be found by clicking on the year group pages. All children who enter the school in the Pre- School or Reception are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has seven areas of learning. These are:

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Routines, Breakfast and After school clubs:

Our Pre-School doors are open from 8.45am until 2.45pm. Currently you can only use your 15 free hours of Early Education funding. Places are filling fast, so please call us for availability.

If your child attends a full day, you can either bring in a packed lunch for them or pay for hot meals. These will need to be booked in advance with payment to the main office.

Have a look at our photos to see the sort of things we got up to last year.

Please find our link to our ‘Welcome to Pre-School and Reception’ handbook and our ‘Parent information’ handbook.

 Reception attend the same timings as the rest of the school. Doors open at 8.45am for a prompt start to the day at 9.00am with our day finishing at 3.00pm. All children are entitled to and have hot school lunches freshly prepared at Jewell Academy (our latest menu can be found here.) Children are also able to attend Little Gems After School Club when they start. In January, they are able to access our activity clubs. More information on this can be found here.


Parent Involvement and On-line Learning Journals:

At Jewell Academy we have a very strong emphasis on Parental Involvement and we ask that our parents take part in observing and planning for their child's activities. We value the support we receive from parents and believe that they can contribute to our children's learning journey. We record daily observations and comments onto Tapestry, an on-line learning journal unique to your child.  Parents can access their child's journal to view photos, videos and information about what their child has been learning and can add comments and observations themselves. By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to access your child's journal. Parents are only able to view their own child's journal and all information is stored on a highly secure server, which is monitored closely.


Parent Involvement:

Each half term we offer a ‘Fabulous Finish’ celebration for parents to attend. This is an opportunity for parents to celebrate their child’s learning altogether in fun and exciting ways. Parents also have the opportunity to look at their child's ‘Gem book’, the classroom environment and comment on their child’s progress.

During the year we also like to offer informative meetings, workshops and exciting events linked to the children’s topics and learning. The events are aimed to provide you with the relevant information needed to support your child’s learning at home so please look out for further information throughout the year.

Home learning and ‘Bags of Fun’:

We believe that through lots of play experiences shared both at home and at school can give every child the vital skills to communicate effectively. We have created ‘Bags of Fun’ for children and families to explore together. Every other Friday we offer the opportunity for parents and their child to choose a ‘Bag of Fun’ to share and explore together at school before taking home for the week.

 The ‘Bags of Fun’ work particularly well in strengthening the relationships between Early Years, our children and our families, they also help to support our children’s social and communicational development. Most importantly they encourage and provide lots of fun and exciting play opportunities for both our parents and children.


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