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Autumn 2020 

We are delighted to say that our new children have settled really well and are making strong, healthy and trusting relationships.  At the friendship school we always encourage children to talk about how they feel and recognise and name their emotions.  At this uncertain time it has been important that we have taken the time necessary to get to know your child well and to enable them to feel safe and cared for.  

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we are still not able to invite you inside the setting but we regularly share what we have been learning and the fun we have via twitter and our class pages. 



At St Anne’s we passionately believe that:

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.”

“Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage”, Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2007.


At St Anne’s we aim to nurture children within a happy, caring and positive environment. We support and scaffold their learning, allow them to make mistakes and help them to overcome challenges. We aspire for all of our children to develop a love of life-long learning.


The EYFS is based upon four principles:


A Unique Child

At St Anne’s we recognise that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We recognise that children develop in individual ways, at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement, as well as celebration and rewards, to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to learning.


Positive Relationships

At St Anne’s we recognise that children learn to be strong and independent from secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with our children and their families.


Enabling Environments

At St Anne’s we recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. Through observation and interaction we continuously assess the children’s interests, stages of development and next steps for learning, and plan challenging, achievable activities and experiences to enable children to progress quickly. 


Learning and Development

The Foundation Stage Environment is organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active, or be quiet and rest. The unit is planned so that children are able to find activities, equipment and resources independently. Provision in these areas includes familiar and continuously accessible activities and resources, as well as activities which are varied and enhanced to fit in with current themes and learning needs. Each day is composed of playing and learning through a balance of adult-led teaching activities and child-initiated time.