In the English system this age group covers Nursery and Reception, with children ranging from 3 to 5 years of age.
Parents of children in our Kindergarten can have every confidence in our team of professionals. The Primary Director, Jill Watts is a very experienced English teacher whose specialism is early years and she brings her expertise and experience to our youngest students and their teachers. As an experienced Headteacher, Mrs Watts’ aim is simply to help staff bring out the best in the children!
Our Kindergarten and Reception classes are taught by two experienced first language English early years specialist teachers – one of whom has been with us for nearly four years.
The Kindergarten/Reception department comprises two classrooms accommodating 25 children in total plus dedicated outdoor space.
The EYFS profile describes what a child should achieve prior to school, including in the Reception year. Completion of this is a pre-requisite for a child to be fully prepared to access the English National Curriculum that guides our teaching throughout the rest of the school.
We use this professional documentation to measure a child’s progress. Accurate evaluations require trained and experienced professional personnel with prior knowledge, as we have in our team at TLC. Those evaluations are based on continuous observation by our approved early years’ staff and cover three main elements of a child’s development through their work at our school.
- Prime areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development plus Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
- Four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
- Three characteristics of effective learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning plus Creating and Thinking Critically.
These developmental stages are consistent with the expectations within the Early Years and Foundation Stage Profile.
Reporting to Parents
We believe that it is important to maintain a continuous dialogue with parents. At TLC you will have daily, easy access to staff so that you and they can speak together about any aspect of your child’s education experience at TLC. This is made easy by having a separate, dedicated entrance/exit to this area of the school. These early discussions will form an excellent basis for communication as your child progresses through our school.