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Children in the early years foundation stage continually experience stories, rhymes, songs and activities that develop their vocabulary and communication skills well. Skilled staff plan and adapt their phonics teaching carefully so that all pupils can access their learning at an appropriate level. The newly opened provision for two-year-olds was a result of leaders’ determination to ensure that children start their learning as early as possible.


Set in beautiful and extensive grounds, our Nursery provides a perfect introduction to school life.  We aim to provide a welcoming environment which is inclusive, caring and stimulating, and where our children develop good self-esteem and resilience.  In fact, all the data we have clearly shows that the children in Reception who came through our Nursery have higher baseline assessments than those that have come through all other routes.

Our Nursery is staffed by a qualified and experienced teacher, Mrs. Bridget Smithson, supported by early years practitioners, who work closely with parents and carers to encourage the development of every child. The safeguarding of our children is our first priority and our staff are committed to ensuring that children feel safe, happy and cared for. 

We encourage all our children to achieve their very best whilst recognising and celebrating our diversity by following the values we share throughout our school.  These are:  Respect; Caring; Honesty; Teamwork; Tolerance; and Self-Discipline.

Our children learn and develop through imaginative and creative play, interwoven with short, structured adult-let sessions based on Development Matters, the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Their learning is enriched by a range of trips and visits including The British Wildlife Centre.  Badger and Rabbit Class are fully integrated into the life of the whole school and attend and participate in a range of events such as the Nativity and special assemblies.



"Freddie has loved being at the BVPS nursery over the last 11 months and has grown hugely in confidence. It is great that we are able to use the 30 hours funding, it is certainly worth it. We love the emphasis on outdoor learning and there is so much space for them to run around in. To be able to take some of their lessons outside is a huge benefit. He has integrated into the class and the school as a whole so well and thoroughly enjoys going in every day. We're really happy with his development and he has settled in so well."

Mr D Young

Graduate nursery staff can boost children’s attainment

Research by the Education Policy Institute found has found that toddlers who have graduate nursery teachers experience a boost to their attainment which remained all the way up to Year 6. The study found that the link between a graduate teacher and higher attainment is bolstered if the child spends more hours in early years education. Dr Sara Bonetti said that while the presence of a graduate was no "silver bullet", it "does appear to play a role in improving their educational outcomes at an early age". She urged ministers to improve the quality of the early years workforce.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 2 10.12.20