Hello, welcome to Early Years at Etchells.
I am Mrs Sally Revill and I am very proud to be the Reception Teacher and Early Years leader at Etchells, especially since the OFSTED inspection report in September 2016 graded Early Years at Etchells as OUTSTANDING! (Click below to view the full report)
Please click on the links below for curriculum information regarding our Nursery and Reception classes.
Remember to visit our class pages (Nursery, RR or RGM) using the tab above where there is a wealth of further information.
Please click to follow the link to the new EYFS Statutory Framework 2021:
If you have any questions or require further information on our Nursery or Reception classes please feel free to email me directly at:
We look forward to welcoming you to our School.
Sally Revill and the Early Years Team.
INTENT – Early Years at Etchells
We believe that every child has the right to the highest quality early childhood education and care. We are a vibrant, happy, welcoming school and provide an immersive, language rich, stimulating and inclusive environment for learning. We respect and respond to the children’s backgrounds and individual circumstances. We have high expectations of staff, children and resources which enable confident, independent and successful learners to thrive and reach their full potential. We have a wonderful early years environment, with well-developed areas to maximize the children's opportunities to play and learn, both indoors and outside.
Our Early Years Curriculum ensures that children have the opportunity to explore, investigate, and ask questions about their learning. In Nursery and Reception we provide a balance between child-initiated and adult directed activities, with emphasis placed on developing a broad range of skills, underpinned by The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning within the Foundation Stage Curriculum: Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design. Children are provided with opportunities to play and learn both indoors and outside. Our learning environment and curriculum is engaging and inclusive providing opportunities for children to build their independence and resilience, along with building their confidence to ‘have a go’.
We demonstrate high expectations for each unique child by providing a balance between child-initiated and adult directed activities, with emphasis placed on developing a broad range of skills, underpinned by The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We take pride in responding to the children's interests and ensure that activities are challenging, fun and purposeful. We develop their characteristics of effective learning through opportunities to play and explore, be active in their learning, make decisions, share ideas, be creative and think critically. We celebrate all children’s efforts and achievements.
Through early, accurate Baseline Assessment we record each child’s starting points then identify and plan for their next steps for learning. Their progress towards the Age Related Expectations (AREs) and Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for the end of Reception is closely tracked throughout the year and regularly shared with parents to support the children’s development both in school and at home. We recognise the crucial role of parental involvement in a child's education and provide regular communication regarding children's progress.
Our aim is for our children to be happy, settled and secure at school; for them to develop a love of learning and have the confidence to be independent and resilient learners. We consider the changing ‘school readiness’ needs of the children as they move on to their next phase of education.