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Preparing your child to start school

Transition into school can be a worrying and stressful time for children and parents/carers. A smooth transition is essential to support the emotional health and wellbeing of your child. Children who are well supported learn positive ways of coping with change. Try not to let your child see that you are anxious. Remember, you are your child’s greatest teacher and role model.

We work with our families to ensure that your child’s transition into school is seamless. You may feel conflicting emotions: proud that your child is growing up, and at the same time sad that they’re not babies anymore. This is perfectly normal.

What skills should my child have before starting school?

Children start school with a wide range of skills and abilities. All children are unique and will progress and develop at their own speed.

Children that are ready for school:

  • have good social skills
  • are confident to communicate their own needs
  • are able to regulate their emotions
  • are independent in their personal care
  • are curious about the world around them
  • are able to cope emotionally with being separated from their parents/carers.


Our Foundation Stage is made up of Nursery (Busy Bees) and two Reception classes (Caterpillars and Dragonflies). 


At Gravel Hill Primary, we greatly value the importance of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development. 

We seek to provide:

  • Quality and consistency, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.
  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.
  • Partnership working between practitioners and parents.
  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.



The children in our Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework. We offer our children the opportunity to learn through a wide range of rich, meaningful and multi-sensory practical experiences, in both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Children learn best through play-based activities and first-hand experience. We aim for the children to become independent learners through a balanced provision of child initiated and adult led experiences. 

Within the Early Years Foundation Curriculum there are four key themes, which underpin seven areas of learning:

The Four Key Themes

A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.                                                


The Seven Areas of Learning

Prime areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Physical Development


Specific areas



Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts & Design


Nursery - Busy Bees 

Our Nursery is called Busy Bees and is a morning only Nursery.

We offer a broad, balanced, and exciting Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for 3- and 4-year-olds in a stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environment. We are relentless in ensuring our children are safe, happy and are given every opportunity to thrive in their learning and development. 


Reception - Dragonflies and Caterpillars 

Our Reception is split into two classes (Dragonflies and Caterpillars). Each class has their own indoor classroom and both share the outdoor environment. 

What to expect in the Early Years Foundaton Stage: a guide for parents

Is your child ready for school?

The road to school

I'm ready for school leaflet

Language development activities