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Early Years Foundation Stage

At Sebert Wood we strive to give our youngest children the best transition into school life that we can. We have worked hard to develop a comprehensive induction programme and ensure that children are settled into school life as quickly as possible, with children's welfare being at the centre of our decision making.

We are proud of our classroom environment both inside and out, and continually work to develop the areas further using our children's interests and current curriculum approaches and pedagogy as a stimulus. We aim to facilitate children to develop wonderful attitudes to learning, fostering their natural inquisitive natures and developing a language for them to be able to understand and describe how they learn best. 

Our EYFS curriculum goals can be found on our Curriculum Guide.  Our Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement provides you with more information about how we are implementing the Foundation Stage Statutory Framework 2021.

our nursery team

Mrs Gaskin is our Early Years Practitioner 

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Alderdice, Miss Howland, Mrs Neale and Miss Norris

Every child has a key worker regardless of how often they attend Nursery. They take a special interest in your child’s well-being, their specific learning needs and interests. All staff have time to complete observations and update Tapestry.

Mrs. Dade is the Early Years Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

We have a wonderful lunchtime team who look after the children during Catkins lunch club.



Miss Mitchell teaches Sunshine, Class 1                 

Mrs Matthews and Mrs Maddock teach Rainbow, Class 2    

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Albon, Mrs Albrow, Mrs DeBoick, Mrs Mott and Mrs Reynolds 

Mrs Dade is the Early Years Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

outdoor learning

Outdoor learning is a fundamental part of learning and in the EYFS and we operate a free flow system where the children can choose whether to learn outside or inside. The children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day and we set up activities that support and enhance the learning of what we are doing inside. At times these activities can be messy and whilst we do our best not to get too muddy and aim to put on aprons – there are times when the children will get dirty! Please can you provide wellies that we can keep in school.

applying for NURSERY

Our Nursery takes children from the age of 3 upwards.  An application for a nursery place can be made at any time during the year, but please see the table below for application deadline dates (depending on your child's birthday).  Historically, most places are filled on the first round of applications, so please do apply as soon as possible.

Our Nursery Admission policy can be found on the policy page of this website.  Please click here for our Nursery Application Form


CHILD’S BIRTHDAY: From beginning of / Application Deadline:

1st Sept-31st Dec  Spring Term (after Christmas Holiday) / End of Autumn Half Term

1st Jan-31st March Summer Term (after Easter Holiday) / End of Spring Half Term

1st April-31st Aug  Autumn Term (after Summer Holiday) / End of Summer Half Term

Should places remain after the initial allocation of sessions, these will be available as additional paid for childcare.

useful websites & information for parents

What to expect, When?  – Guidance to your child’s learning and development