St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Together as one family

St. Joseph's Nursery and Early Years

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

Maria Montessori

Are you looking for a small setting where the children are truly part

of the St. Joseph’s family?


Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)


Our ‘Governor Led’ nursery provision can accept children from two years old.  Children settle into the setting quickly because they play alongside children who may have been with us for a little while. 


Our ambitious and caring team of staff have high expectations of all children and understand the importance of having a strong foundation as a basis for future learning. Our children thrive in our inspiring learning environment and love coming to school!

As a school we are committed to ensuring that all our Early Years pupils are provided with the best possible learning experiences and the education that they deserve. Our aim is to help your child to become as independent as possible and to foster a love of learning by making it inspiring, enjoyable and memorable.

Life at St. Joseph’s is fun and filled with exciting learning! Children develop and learn in our stimulating indoor and outdoor environment and participate in a wide range of activities that are planned and delivered by experienced and caring teachers and support staff.

We use a variety of resources to encourage creativity and imagination in our children and to support the development of their fine motor skills. Our children are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas as they manipulate and explore these resources and they thoroughly enjoy this!

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which explains how and what children will be learning to support their healthy development and provides the foundation they need to make the most of their unique abilities and talents. The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.

Children will learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Overarching principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage

There are four guiding principles which should shape practice in early years settings and that we strive to embed here at St. Joseph’s.

These are:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn at different rates.


The 3 Prime areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will be provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, respect for others, social skills and a positive attitude towards learning.


Physical Development

This includes moving and handling, health and self-care. The physical development of young children must be encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive. We aim for them to improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. They will be supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.


Communication and Language

This includes helping children to develop their speaking and listening skills and their understanding.


The 4 specific areas of learning are:


Children will be encouraged to develop their reading and writing skills through a variety of purposeful child initiated and adult led activities.



Children will be supported to develop their understanding of problem solving and reasoning. They will have opportunities to explore, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding and to develop their confidence.


Understanding the World

Children will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them make sense of the world. They will have opportunities to use a range of tools and materials and to encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations.


Expressive Arts and Design

Children will have opportunities to explore and use media and materials and to be imaginative through music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology activities.


Interconnected with the 7 areas of learning are the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

They are categorised under three headings:

  •  Playing and exploring
  •  Active Learning and Creating
  •  Thinking critically


These characteristics describe how children learn rather than what they are learning.


Partnership with parents

We recognise that parents/carers are the first educators in children’s lives and value contributions to judgements about children’s development. We use this information to support our assessments and share information about what children need to do next to develop and thrive.


Our dedicated team of staff successfully foster wonderful relationships with families with regular

information and updates. In particular we have effectively introduced the use of Tapestry as an online platform for communication. This helps to keep parents and carers to be involved in the developments in their child’s learning and provides an excellent opportunity for staff to share the children’s many achievements


We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our happy school community


Mrs Clare Child is available to talk to anyone who is keen to join our lovely Early Years setting.  You can contact her on the school number (01900 829859) and she will arrange a mutually convenient time to chat.

What to expect in the Early Years - A guide to the development of children from birth to 5.