Nursery and Reception

(Early Years Foundation Stage)

The standards achieved in the EYFS are excellent. ISI report 2015 ~ to view a full copy of the ISI report click here.

Our Nursery and Reception classes for three to five year olds provide a perfect entry into school life. Children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which involves play and activities designed to develop key skills and talents.

Young children learn best by direct experience and so we ensure that most of the learning is hands-on.

Our carefully planned curriculum takes into account the interests of each child. Outdoor learning is an integral part of the Nursery and Reception programme at Sibford School; it supports all aspects of the curriculum.


Nursery Class:. To enter Nursery, children must have reached the age of three by 31st August prior to the start of the academic year in which they will become four. (Please note, it is expected that all nursery children are able to use the toilet independently before joining the school.)

Reception Class: Children move from Nursery to Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. Children can also join Sibford School coming straight into Reception Class. Most children attend Reception on a full time basis although, legally, they do not need to be in full time education until the term after their 5th birthday.

Rejoice in the presence of children and young people … and recognise the gifts they bring.

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