Welcome to our Nursery (Foundation Stage 1)

For most children, their first experiences of school are in Nursery. Every child at Chantry Community Academy receives a wonderful start to their education with a rich and stimulating learning environment that is warm and safe, where your child will feel happy and secure. Your child will love playing, exploring, experimenting, socialising, discovering and learning with qualified teachers and highly qualified support staff who set engaging and challenging activities

Chantry Community Academy’s Nursery offers 15 hour funded places for 26 children in the morning (8:30-11:30) and 26 children in the afternoon (12:30-3:30).

Since September 2021, we have been following the new Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

The Foundation Stage at Chantry Community Academy applies to all children joining us between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum consists of seven areas of learning and development. The curriculum shapes the educational programmes in all early years settings with each area being of equal importance.

Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.

These are the prime areas:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

As a provider we must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

The Foundation Stage staff work as a team to monitor children’s progress through making observations of each child, assessments of their individual abilities and collecting evidence of a child’s achievements such as paintings, drawings, writing and photographs which we capture on an online learning journal, called Tapestry, that parents can access.