We are so glad that you have chosen The Gateway to start your child's education and we look forward to working with you in the future. We very much hope that your child enjoys their time at The Gateway and we know that the first year of your child’s education is very important in making sure that they enjoy school to the fullest.
Our Reception is staffed by one teacher, Mrs Rafter, and two Teaching Assistants, Mrs Mahoney and Mrs Taylor. These members of staff are responsible for your children when they are in school. We work closely together to ensure all children are happy, safe and secure and plan activities which engage and excite all the children at appropriate levels.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.