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Prep Class Leader: Mrs E. Shepherd

Welcome to the Prep Class Page! Please visit frequently to keep up to date with our learning journey!

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Prep Class information

What is the EYFS?

At Dale House School and Nursery we follow the statutory framework. The statutory framework for the early years foundation stage sets the standards for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 years.

Play and more importantly, learning through play, is an essential part of the early years foundation stage. As children move into the Transition Class (reception year), a greater emphasis is placed on learning skills that will support and prepare children for the learning expectations in year one.

What are the EYFS seven areas of learning and development?

1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

2. Communication and Language (C+L)

3. Physical Development (PD)

4. Literacy (L)

5. Mathematics (M)

6. Understanding the World (UTW)

7. Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

Personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, and physical development are the prime areas of learning and development in EYFS. These areas are important as they form the foundations upon which all further learning is built.

Literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design are the specific areas of learning and development in EYFS. It is through these areas that the prime areas are further applied and strengthened.

Each of these areas is as important as the other and all are interwoven. At the end of the reception year (Transition Class), children are assessed against the early learning goals (ELGs). The purpose of these assessments is to ascertain whether children have achieved the expected level of progress within each area of learning and development.

Parental Partnership

At Dale House School and Nursery we value parental partnership. We understand that an effective partnership between school and home will have a positive impact on children’s learning. We communicate with parents in various ways which include Parent Mail, E-mail, Facebook Page and our Yellow Diary System. Please check we have your up-to-date contact details including your email. 

Routine / Timetable

Children must arrive at school by 8.50am, in full school uniform, wearing their hats and blazers.  Please encourage your child to unpack their own satchels and hang up their own coats. Children are dismissed in the backyard at 3:20pm. Children not collected by 3:30pm will go into the Late Room.


> P.E lessons (Please have the correct P.E kit in school)

> Music / Singing lessons with Mrs Frith


> Private Dance lessons 

Meals & Snacks

Pupils will need aprons and wash bags.  Snacks served include milk or fresh juice, a variety of cheese, fruit, breadsticks, crackers, etc.  Birthday cakes may be brought in and handed over to the teacher who will see it is distributed at the appropriate time.  Lunch is served in the school hall.


Homework will be 10 minutes reading and flashcards.  At the weekend a longer task will be given to extend or consolidate your child's learning.

Yellow Diaries

Please read your child’s Yellow Diary daily. Feel free to write in the diary.  We ask that parents sign the diary every week.  If you know that your child will be in the Late Room, please mark this in the diary as it helps considerably with staff planning.


In the Prep Class (EYFS), we use an online journal provider called ‘Tapestry’ to collect and store your child’s electronic ‘Learning Journey’. Here, your child's key worker will observe, assess and plan your child's next steps. If you would like to see, discuss and/or contribute to your child's Learning Journal at anytime, please ask your child's keyworker.


Your child will receive two reports in the academic year, one in December and one in July.

Parent’s Consultation Evenings

There will be two Parent’s Consultation Evenings, one in September/October and one in May.  Please make an appointment with the Class Leader at this time.

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