Starting school is one of the most important milestones in every child’s life. We strive to work closely with parents and children to ensure every child’s start in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) at Larkrise is as smooth a transition as possible. Ensuring the right start is crucial to ensure a happy and successful future school life and love of learning.

Parents and Staff Partnership

Our dedicated team of Early Years Practitioners provide a caring, curious, creative, confidence inspiring and celebratory environment for learning which supports the needs of all children. Your child will be assigned a ‘key person’ who will build a relationship with you and your child to help them to settle into life at Larkrise. Your child’s key person will collaborate with other staff to ensure that the individual needs of your child are met and will support them in their development.

The Early Years curriculum is delivered through 7 areas of learning, which are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We believe it is extremely beneficial for staff to work in partnership with parents/carers. We are really interested in your child’s whole development both at, and away from school, so please do share with us information about your child.

We are always happy to talk to parents about how you can help with your child’s learning, so please do not hesitate to ask. During your child’s time in the Foundation Stage we will invite you to be involved in the following ways:

  • Come along to ‘Stay and Play’ sessions
  • Fill in ‘All about me’ booklets at home with your child
  • Fill in ‘Wow’ slips about your child’s learning at home
  • Invite you to termly individual parent meetings with staff

Parents are encouraged to come into class at the start of every session with their child, help put their belongings on their peg, find their self-registration name and stay until their child is settled. This is a good time to talk to staff about any issues or information you would like to share.


What happens during the day?

A typical day in the Foundation Stage is made up of a mixture of group times and ‘free-flow’ time.

Group time may cover any of the 7 areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Some examples of group time include listening and interacting with stories, counting activities, working on our personal and social skills, music time, investigation activities, singing, visiting Forest School’, ‘Trim Trail’ or going to the hall for dance or gym.

During ‘free flow’, children are able to initiate their own learning by making choices over which of the available resources to use such as, ‘the creative workshop’, the tough top, the role play corner, the construction area, the book corner, the writing table, sand or water play. Adults are always available to support and develop the children’s learning. We will also regularly have an adult directed activity that children are free to choose. During this time children are free to choose whether to play inside or outside. Snack time happens during ‘free flow’.


Day Care for Nursery Children

At Larkrise, we offer a limited number of day care spaces on a first come first served basis, at a cost of £20 per session. Parents/Carers provide a packed lunch for these sessions.

Day care sessions must be booked through the school office in advance, pre booked sessions unfortunately cannot be refunded in cases where there is a ‘no-show’.