This is a key time for children’s development and Nursery is the first step to our pupils success!

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Snaresbrook Prep School is the period from age three to the end of the Reception year. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. There are seven key areas of learning and development in the EYFS that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected.

Crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

  • Communication and language.
  • Physical development.
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

Through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

  • Literacy.
  • Mathematics.
  • Understanding the world.
  • Extressive arts and design.


  • Parents visit the school informally.
  • Parents fill in our application form.
  • Parents attend an Open Morning as a family. They visit all the classes and speak to staff, pupils and the Headteacher.
  • Parents are allocated places, considering our Admissions Policy.
  • School and parents discuss the start date for the child. Information on uniform, term dates, absence procedures and ICT use are sent to parents and medical details and emergency contact details are collected from parents. The office will need sight of the child’s original birth certificate and a copy will be kept securely on file.
  • A Pre-visit can be arranged if appropriate.
  • Records requested from previous setting.
  • Class teacher will speak to parents individually. A school folder and diary will be provided. After three weeks parent/teacher interviews will be arranged.
  • Thereafter staff are available to answer queries daily. Termly parent/teacher meetings are programmed.

Late in the summer term a meeting is arranged to discuss the following:-

  • Changes to the day.
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
  • Home/school reading programme.
  • Learning through play.

Observation provides the evidence-base from which assessments can be made. Making observations on children's progress is integrated into our day to day practice. Initially, we need to assess your children to:-

  • Find out what they already know and can do.
  • Identify their needs.
  • Inform our planning.
  • Check on each child’s progress.
  • Identify successes and difficulties.
  • Monitor and evaluate Early Years provision and make necessary changes.
  • Allow a smooth transfer to the next stage.


  • Parents are welcome in the Nursery every morning to talk to staff, share a toy or book with their child, or observe their child with other children.
  • In Reception, the children are encouraged to enter the class independently, but parents are still welcome in the morning.
  • Nursery and Reception staff are also available to speak with the parents at the end of the school day.
  • Every term parents will be invited to see the work of the Early Years Foundation Stage and discuss privately the progress of their child. A written report will be available towards the end of the summer term for Nursery children who started in January and twice a year for September start Nursery children and all Reception children.
  • Parents are welcome to view their children’s records by making an appointment with the class teacher.
  • Remember, if you have any concerns of any nature, please discuss them with us. Depending on the nature of the concern contact the Class Teacher, the Deputy Headteacher or the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
  • Our school website (which is updated regularly) gives information on the curriculum, photographs of the children at work and at play, as well as newsletters, holiday dates and uniform lists.

Nursery and Reception have their own noticeboard, located on the outside of the EYFS block, where you will find general information.

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