Our Foundation Stage
At Shortbrook, we believe every child is unique and aim to support their development into confident, 21st century citizens who are equipped with the vocabulary, knowledge, skills and independence to be successful in the later stages of their lives.
Our curriculum is driven by our school values;
- We take care of ourselves - mind and body
- We are respectful and look after each other
- We aim high and like a challenge
- We are resilient and never stop trying
- We can work independently and as part of a team
We offer free places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Our waiting list is open all year round and you can register your child from birth. Please click on the link below:
There is an expectation that children arrive at school on time, as late arrivals disrupt learning time. Late arrivals must use the front entrance to school via the office. Children are to be collected promptly at the end of each session.
Nursery is open from 8.30 am to 12.15 pm Tuesday to Thursday - 15 hours per week. Nursery is closed on Mondays.
Reception class is open from 8.50 am to 2.50pm Monday to Friday.
Food and Snacks
We provide breakfast bagels and milk for all children. Fruit is also available at snack time.
Reception children can order a school meal or bring a packed lunch. Don't worry if your child has allergies or intolerances; just let us know and we can organise foods to meet their dietary needs.
We believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life, where the development of the whole child is essential - so the physical, intellectual, social and cultural aspects of the child's life are considered and respected. Children learn best through a balance of play-based activities, first hand experiences, as well as carefully planned adult led activities. They have the opportunity to think creatively, investigate and solve problems both individually and within a group. Our curriculum is experienced both inside the classroom and within our outdoor learning environment.
We follow a skills based curriculum, as outlined in the latest version of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework that applies from September 2021. We have chosen the revised 'Development Matters' document to support our curriculum development. The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and building a child's capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
The prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Characteristics of effective teaching and learning embed our curriculum and are used to promote positive learning behaviours and a growth mindset with the children:
- Playing and exploring (engagement)
- Active learning (motivation)
- Creating and thinking critically
Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are being met and when they have positive relationships with those caring for them. Our safeguarding and welfare requirements follow Sheffield and school policy.
An excellent partnership with parents and carers is promoted by the use of our online learning journal - Tapestry, where WoW moments, new experiences and observations will be shared. You can also share your child's experiences and achievements from home including achievements in other pursuits such as swimming, gymnastics and conquering milestones such as learning to ride a bike. Sharing this evidence of their journey and holistic development ensures staff can support the children in their next steps. The ParentMail app is also used to communicate with parents and carers.
Your class teacher is the assigned Key Person for each child in their class and will seek to engage and support parents / carers to guide their learning at home, ensuring that learning is tailored to the individual needs of each child.
Shortbrook Nursery Welcome Booklet
If you would like to read more about the Early Years Foundation Stage please click on the link below.