Foundation Stage Information

Download: Reception Parents Meeting 2023 [PDF]

View our Early Years Policy on our Policies page

Our Vision

“We believe every child is unique, a competent learner from birth and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We are committed to developing positive relationships so our children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving secure relationships with parents and/or their key person. We aim to provide enabling environments for all our children that play a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. We believe children learn in different ways and at different rates, and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.”

Home – School Links

St Matthew’s supports strong partnerships with parents and always recognise that they are a child’s first and foremost most enduring educator. We value parents contributions and encourage a mutual and trusting relationship throughout the Foundation Stage year. We will do this through:

  • Website information/signposts to EYFS support materials for parents
  • Open sessions for new/potential parents
  • Taster sessions for children in our setting
  • Parents welcome pack
  • Children’s welcome pack
  • Meet and greet each morning
  • Stay and play sessions
  • Parent Training Sessions
  • Parent workshops (Phonics, Number)
  • Home/School link diaries
  • Learning journey contributions
  • Parent voice in work books
  • Home School Activity bags
  • School EYFS celebrations (Christmas, Moving up celebrations etc.)
  • Assemblies
  • Special planned collaborative events (Cookery, School dinners, gardening, etc.)

Transition Days

We invite all children and parents to visit St Matthew’s. This gives parents and children the opportunity to meet staff, ask questions and take a look around their new school. We really enjoy getting to know the new cohort before they start in September. Also in preparation for the children starting school they are given a welcome pack which includes our prospectus, reading book and many more surprises!

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