Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School

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At Nettleworth Infant and Nursery School we meet the welfare requirements laid down in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all of our children. We recognise that children will learn most effectively when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults who care for them. We aim to provide a setting that encompasses a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to enjoy learning and grow in confidence that helps them to achieve their fullest potential.


We meet the legal requirements for:


Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare.

Providing suitable adults with appropriate qualifications, training, skills and knowledge.

Maintaining records, policies and procedures for the safe and efficient management of the setting and to meet the needs of the children.

Planning and organisation to ensure that every child receives an enjoyable and challenging learning and developmental experience tailored to meet their individual needs.


Our policy on teaching and learning defines the features of effective teaching and learning throughout the whole school. Each half term, children will cover a new topic or theme of work, this topic is introduced and children are given the opportunity to influence and plan the direction of their own learning by identifying, what they already know, understand and would like to know about each new topic of work. Each topic is then flexibly delivered through a staged approach incorporating an initial engagement to ‘hook’ the children’s imagination in their new topic or theme of learning. This learning then develops through a series of lessons that builds skills, knowledge and understanding within that topic of learning.


The New Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage reflects the three prime areas and four specific areas of learning identified in the Early Learning Goals, all of which are equally valued at Nettleworth . These experiences our children meet through a healthy diet of both adult initiated and adult directed activities, child initiated  and a problem solving approach to learning, enabling them to develop a number of competences across all areas of learning. The Early Learning Goals are in line with the National Curriculum and provide the basis for planning throughout the Foundation Stage.


Nettleworth provides a safe, stimulating outdoor learning environment in order to enhance teaching and learning against in engaging, problem solving, investigative and explorative ways. Children have daily opportunities to access the outdoor environment which also enables them to increase their levels of physical activity. Children’s learning is enabled within the outdoor learning environment which is seen as an extension of the classroom within which children are encouraged to use and apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills through outdoor learning opportunities that also engages all pupils in a positive way with their local, natural environment.


Throughout the Nursery and Reception years as part of the learning and teaching process, children will be assessed in relation to their progress through our benchmarking documents towards the Early Learning Goals. These judgements are made on the basis of accumulative observations and in depth knowledge of the children acquired through ongoing assessment. These ongoing assessments are used to inform planning and next steps in teaching and learning for all children throughout the year. End of year assessments are finalised during the summer term, summarising each child’s development at that point against the Early Learning Goals and our benchmarking documents.