Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools

Foundation Stage

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we recognise that every child is unique. The Nursery and Reception pride themselves by providing a playful, safe, happy stimulating environment enabling our children to flourish both socially and academically. Children in the early years are constantly learning and are developing resilience and confidence. Children develop important life skills such as curiosity, creativity, persistence, independence, imagination and resourcefulness.

All our children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is tailored to suit every child’s learning needs and abilities. Our curriculum and experienced staff scaffold and enhance children’s learning and abilities so that they can reach their full potential. The school day is full of exciting opportunities where children learn through a mixture of play, child initiated and teacher led activities.

The EYFS curriculum seven areas of learning

Prime areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Communication & Language

Specific Areas:
Mathematics
Literacy
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design

Wraparound care »

Our wrap around care for your child starts with an optional Breakfast club at 7.45 a.m. (7.30 a.m. by arrangement) to start a busy day off.

2.30 – 3.30 p.m. Snack time

The children enjoy sandwiches, rice crackers, fruit, flap jacks, bread sticks, milk and fruit.

3.45 – 5.50 p.m. After School Club

The normal school day ends at 3.45 p.m.  Children then enjoy a fun packed after school club during which time they can do extra swimming lessons, creative arts, play in the grounds and enjoy story time and board games.

5.00 p.m. Optional supper

Some parents really appreciate the option of supper for their children before going home.  We provide a lovely meal for them in Ridge House.  Our suppers include beans on toast, toasties, tomato pasta, pudding and fruit.

The EYFS curriculum seven areas of learning

Prime areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Communication & Language

Specific Areas:
Mathematics
Literacy
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design

Co-curricular

Nursery and Reception children also have access to specialist swimming lessons, PE, French and Music lessons. Other popular activities include Ballet, Yoga and extra swimming. Nursery and Reception are located in the heart of the school and the children regularly use the wider facilities of the senior schools and enjoy co-curricular

The garden and school farm offer numerous opportunities for learning. Our outdoor activity afternoon ‘Tree Top Thursday’ allows children to take part in lots of seasonal activities that allow them to observe the natural changes that occur throughout the year. Children enjoy exploring footpaths, the woods, the River Pang, Marlston Farm and most importantly muddy puddles. Welly camp is the final destination of every activity where children enjoy hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and pancakes around the camp fire.