Early Years

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage page. At Rivington Primary School, we are committed to providing a caring and stimulating environment where every child can thrive. We aim to do the best we can to make you and your children feel welcome and to make the transition from home to school and from Nursey to Reception as easy as possible. We engage children in a creative curriculum that is tailored to their needs and reflects the context and community in which they live. At all times we seek to inspire children with a love of learning and thirst for knowledge that will remain with them throughout their lives.

We strive to create a safe, welcoming and engaging learning environment where children become confident to try new activities and communicate to new peers and adults. We support and nurture children in their learning, we celebrate mistakes and praise resilience and children who ‘have a go!’ We are a friendly and supportive team, who are dedicated in developing and enthusing children to learn and enjoy their time in school; recognising the importance of both academic and social development.

Learning in Early Years is carefully tailored to bespoke and personalised lessons that are closely linked and underpinned by the ‘Development Matters’ framework whilst taking account of the children’s individual needs and interests. This ensures that all children are provided with daily opportunities to develop knowledge and skills through a foundation of play based learning. We believe in using the children’s own experiences as starting points and using adult expertise to develop these and find ways to organically introduce opportunities for challenge, reflection and collaboration.

The Early Years Curriculum is based on 7 areas of learning:


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

Underpinning the Early Years Curriculum are the Characteristic of Effective Learning:

  • Playing and exploring (engagement)
  • Active learning (motivation)
  • Creating and thinking critically (thinking)

Starting Nursery

To ensure ease of transition, we encourage parents to:

  • Talk to your child about Nursery and what to expect. This talk could also include discussing leaving toys at home.
  •  Complete an ‘All about me’ form which provides details of your child’s interests and preferences.
  •  Complete toileting, medical information, school trips, allergies, photographs and dietary requirements permission slips.
  •  Completing preferred hours and admissions forms.

Although we understand that all children develop and learn at different rates, we encourage parents to promote independence in their child’s toileting, dressing (putting on coats) and speaking to an adult when they want or need something. If you have any concerns or information regarding these issues then they can be discussed with the Nursery Teacher.

When attending Nursery please bring a change of clothes and wellington boots.

Toilet facilities.

The children are free to use the toilet whenever they need to and will be supported when required. It would be helpful if you could encourage your child to flush the toilet and practise washing and drying their hands independently. If your child still requires nappies and changing in Nursery then please speak to a member of staff.

Transition to Reception

For children that have attended our Nursery setting, transition to Reception is a natural progression. Children are familiar with key staff and routines and have spent some time in their new classroom. Children who have not attended our Nursery are invited for a taster session in Reception in the summer term and parents will be invited to a welcome meeting. The Nursery that your child has attended is responsible for sharing your child’s progress and it is helpful if you ask them to transfer your child’s learning profiles to us. This allows us to create an appropriate learning environment for your child to access when they start school.

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