Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children in Nursery (Lower Foundation) and Reception (Upper Foundation). At Barwic Parade, children can start Nursery the term after their 3rd birthday and Reception at the start of the school year in which they are 5 years old. The EYFS is crucial in every child’s development and during those years basic skills and attitudes to learning and socialising are established.


'Children in the Early Years make good progress because teaching is good and the activities provided are engaging. Children behave well and parents are encouraged to be part of their child’s learning’.

Ofsted Report May 2014


At Barwic Parade we recognise the uniqueness of each child and value every child’s interests. We aim to deliver learning through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated play opportunities, based on prior experiences and interests of the children. We value independent learning, so that the children reach their full potential while at the same time setting high attainment targets and making behavioural expectations clear and consistent. We aim to support children with special educational needs and to develop a working partnership between home and school to enable the children to develop in confidence and increasing independence.