Beaford Community

Primary and Nursery School

Beaford, Winkleigh, Devon EX19 8LJ

01805 603263


The Learning Environment

The Foundation Unit is organised into different areas, which change and develop throughout the year.  These areas allow the children to explore a variety of materials and activities.  Activities are carefully organised to extend children’s understanding across the curriculum, through exploratory play, the challenge that materials present and though the supporting, guiding roles of the adults in the classroom.

The Nursery Day 

On arrival children and parents are welcome to spend some time together at one or more of the activities set out. 

During the session children choose from a wide range of activities both indoors and outdoors and also complete focused activities led by the Early Years staff.  Children also have the opportunity to take part in whole class activities which include stories, discussions, singing and physical literacy.

 A fruit snack and milk are available for all children.


The Curriculum

During the Foundation Stage all children have access to a stimulating and challenging curriculum where the central element is play.  This is carefully planned to extend and build on the children’s experiences from home.  Using careful observation and detailed record keeping the progress of each child is monitored and their learning experiences developed appropriately.

The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development and from this the activities in the Foundation Stage are planned. These areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Sharing Information About Your Child’s Learning and Development

Each term you will be invited to a Nursery open morning to share in your child’s learning and development and look at their portfolio.

If  Early Years staff have any concerns with your child’s learning, development or behaviour at any point they will contact you to share these.

Early Years staff  liaise with different professionals.  These include:

  • Health visitors
  • Family support workers
  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Early years consultants

At the end of nursery before your child starts school you will receive a report outlining your child’s achievement and progress.