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Early Years at Ainderby Steeple CofE Primary School


Your child’s ‘Learning Journey’ begins in Early Years.

  Early Years is the bedrock of all learning and is a critical stage of your child’s development.


 Early Years at Ainderby Steeple CofE school consists of two distinct phases:  

1.      Ainderby Steeple Preschool – (2 – 4 years of age)

2.      Reception (Class 1) (4 - 5years of age)


The Early Years Teaching Team will ensure that children are equipped with a wide range of knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for first-rate progress through their school life and beyond.


Curriculum Intent

  • Pupils will develop language acquisition and expand their vocabulary in order to become confident and effective communicators
  • Pupils will extend their understanding in personal, social and emotional development in order to become resilient and self-assured learners
  • Pupils will learn how to manage their feelings and behaviour in a range of situations
  • Pupils will develop their knowledge in early literacy and mathematics
  • Pupils will extend their physical key skills including fine and gross motor control
  • Pupils will acquire a range of artistic knowledge and key skill application including: drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, textiles, printing
  • Pupils will explore the world around them and deepen their understanding of living things and the environment
  • Pupils will experience a curriculum immersed in story and literature
  • Pupils will begin to transfer their knowledge into the wider environment especially the outdoors and become competent problem solvers
  • Pupils will experience and extend their knowledge of phonics through a synthetic phonics programme
  • Pupils will experience a wide range of local, national and global events to gain vital understanding of British values and the values of other countries
  • Pupils will acquire an understanding of a range of faiths and cultures


 The Early Years curriculum is delivered through:

  • Well planned and purposeful play-based activities
  • Adult directed lessons and learning activities
  • Child led activities
  • Opportunities for exploration, choice and decision making by the children
  • Vocabulary enrichment activities and a vocabulary rich environment
  • Non-verbal communication and vocabulary strategies to support the development of both reception and expressive language
  • An effective and validated synthetic phonic programme 


Effective assessment is gathered by practitioners that supports individual learning profiles and is used to accentuate and tailor further learning and knowledge acquisition. 

  • Floorbooks are used across Early Years to showcase the curriculum offer and evidence pupil learning
  • Individual pupil evidence is gathered through a range of sources in Reception including: English/Mathematics/Reading Carousel Books/Handwriting Books/Evidence Files
  • Classroom displays
  • Professional dialogue and regular communication with parents/carers, to obtain an accurate assessment profile

Early Years Team



Early Years Leader - Mrs R Peart

Preschool Leader - Miss S Kelly




Statutory Framework for the Early Years - Click this link to find the standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.


Development Matters - Click this link to explore the Non-Statutory curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised will be implemented to all pupils across Early Years and Year One in September 2022. All teaching staff are currently receiving phonic CPD to support the implementation of this scheme. 






Reception Information 




Preschool Information

School Phone Number for enquiries: 01609 773519


Direct Pre-School Email:

The Preschool currently accept 2,3,4 year olds every morning and 3,4 year olds during the afternoon. 


Preschool - Session Information 

Every morning, term time only, from 8.45am to 11.45am. (£12)

Afternoon session, term time only, 12.15pm to 3.15pm (£12)

Lunch club  11.45am -12.15pm. The cost for lunch is currently charged at £2.00. Children may bring a packed lunch from home.

Children can also access the 'Before' and 'Afterschool Club' which is open from 7.45am and finishes at 5.30pm 


Preschool Prices

The cost is £4 per hour, £12 per morning session, £12 per afternoon session with a charge of £2 for lunch time. 

We are able to offer 30 hours of provision for eligible children.

Please contact the school if you wish for your child to join Preschool. 





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