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Welcome to our Foundation Unit

Foundation Unit Staff

Lisa Parkes - Foundation Stage Leader of Learning/Gifted & Talented Champion

Nicola Deighton - Teacher & RE Co-ordinator

Charlotte McLean - Teacher

Laura Wood - Teacher

Jayne Bell - Part Time Teacher

Alison Fisher - Nursery Nurse

Sara Wood, Suzanne Flather, Dionne Canoville, Jeanette Oldroyd, Tanya Sheridan and Nikki Drake - Educational Teaching Assistants 

Foundation Unit Information

We aim to provide a happy and exciting environment where your child is encouraged to become independent, to be able to mix with other children and adults.

Our curriculum is based on the new EYFS document based on seven Foundation Stage areas of learning: 3 'Prime Areas' (Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional and Physical) and 4 'Specific Areas' (Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Mathematics and Literacy). Each child's development is recorded in an individual profile, including photographs, observations, samples of work and comments form the children themselves. We also outline next steps needed to ensure that your child continues with their progress.

During each session the children choose for themselves which areas they wish to work/play in. As the children use the resources they will be developing their knowledge, extending their vocabulary and improving  a wide range of skills.

Staff in the Unit play alongside the children to develop their thinking, valuing their achievements and encouraging them to explore new ideas. The children are also given the opportunity to take part in specific activities that may be either Literacy, Numeracy or theme based. These activities are always noted within our planning where the aims/focus of the activity are clearly stated. We have certain times during the day where the children sit in groups either full time or part time. At these sessions we do the register, read stories and poems and have Literacy and Numeracy activities ongoing. 

Foundation- Part time

Children are admitted part time to the Foundation Stage Unit up to three times a year in September, January and April if we have available places. Admissions are completed using the Local Authority guidelines. To add your child's name to the waiting list we recommend making an appointment with school, when your child is about two years old. There are 2 sessions, morning and afternoon, both catering for up to 26 children. When a place becomes available you will receive a letter from school informing you of the following dates; new parent/guardian information meeting, home visit date, personal visit date and start date. We have a separate Foundation Prospectus which provides detailed information about the Unit.

At the time of registration you will be asked to fill in a form requesting a full time place. This form must be completed and sent to Kirklees in the year before full time entry. For example, children starting full time education in September 2017 will need their form to reach Kirklees before December 1st 2016. 

Session times are as follows -

8.30 - 11.30

12.30 - 3.30

Foundation- Full time

Children join our Reception year in the September of the year that they turn five, for example for entry to Reception in September 2017 their birth date must be from 1st September 2012 to 31st August 2013. Places are allocated by Kirklees Local Authority and it cannot be assumed that your child will automatically be offered a full time place if they have attended a part time session. 

School times -

morning session - 8.40 - 12.00

afternoon session - 1.00 - 3.00                        

Useful websites

Below are some useful website addresses for the Foundation Stage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

http://www.themouseclub.co.uk/

http://www.ictgames.co.uk/

www.poissonrouge.com

http://www.storynory.com/

Also www.google.co.uk for looking at images and information relating to our themes which are displayed in the planning section of the website.

  • When will my child do PE?

    PE lessons for full time children take place on Mondays and Fridays. We find it best if children bring their PE kit at the beginning of each half term and leave it in school for the duration of the half term.

  • Will my child have milk and fruit?

    Children receive milk free of charge until the term before their 5th birthday. After this milk can be ordered for your child each term. To order milk you will receive a letter, which will direct you to your parent pay account.

    Fruit is provided, free of charge by the government, to all foundation children on a daily basis. Children have free access to fruit throughout the day.