Your child will be in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from when they enter a pre-school such as Stepping Stones until they finish their first year at school in a reception class. Children are given the opportunity to learn through experience and play in open-ended activities guided by their teachers. Learning is fun and teachers plan to pursue the interests of the children through activities that develop the whole child through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which are

* playing and exploring

*active learning

*creating and thinking critically

The three prime areas of learning are fundamental and work together to support development in all other areas. These are:

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

Other specific areas of learning include essential skills and knowledge and are:

* Literacy


*Understanding the World

*Expressive Arts and Design. 

At William Barnes the pre-school staff and our reception teachers Miss Jemma O'Rourke and Mrs Samantha Reed work closely together to make sure that the experiences that children receive in the EYFS are enjoyable and stimulating.

Stepping Stones and the school have worked together over many years to make the transition for the "little ones" to school as smooth as possible. Please download the school prospectus for more information about admissions (see home page) or alternatively give the school office a ring on 01258 472257 to find out more.