Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

EYFS - Nursery and Reception

At Hillcroft, we recognise that the Early Years Foundation Stage is the bedrock of our children’s education and an integral part of their journey forwards, through the school.  We have developed a curriculum for our children in Nursery and Reception that meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, drawing upon Development Matters 2021. 

The Early Years curriculum is based on seven areas of learning;

The Prime Areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development,
  • Physical development,
  • Communication and language

The specific areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

Our exciting play-based curriculum challenges children, encouraging them to develop into independent, motivated learners who are curious about the world around them. Our children are nurtured within a secure environment, whilst being allowed to explore, enquire and take risks - both inside and outside of the classroom through an imaginatively resourced free-flow environment.  They are encouraged to make connections in their learning through a creative topic-based approach based upon a central question, enabling exploratory and child-initiated play both indoors and outdoors.    

For some children in our EYFS setting, this will be their first experience of separating from their main caregiver. Our main aim is for your child to be happy and confident in the time they spend apart from you, providing them with good foundations for starting school.  It is essential, therefore, that the transition into Nursery or Reception is a smooth and successful one and so we offer Stay and Play sessions in the second half of the Summer Term as well as a Zoom / phone call with parents / carers in September, before they start school.   This allows the child to become increasingly familiar with the school, the environment and the Early Years staff team before starting in September.

We always encourage parental involvement in the children’s learning and welcome knowing what the children achieve at home. As a way of sharing this from home to school, we use Tapestry as our main means of communication. Tapestry enables each child to have a personal journal, or diary, which builds over time.  As a parent and caregiver Tapestry also allows you to contribute to this growing journal by commenting on the journal entries, or even adding your own.  For more information on Tapestry please follow this link: and see the link ‘Tapestry Guide for Parents / Carers’ below.

Our Nursery team are:

Class Teacher                            Class Name                       

Mrs Sills



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The Nursery Assistant is Miss Pethig the Learning Assisistants are Miss Meagher and Mrs Prince.


Our Reception team are:

Class  Teacher                           Class Name                                     


Mr Walker


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Miss Langworthy Ash Ash Bus stop

The Learning Assistants in Reception are: Mrs Cooper-Beirne and Miss Matthews.

For the current topics please see the Whole School Curriculum page.

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