Nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Nursery 2023-2024

Our nursery provision incorporates Little Herts, our specialised private morning nursery and the HJPS Nursery, our state-funded afternoon facility.


Nursery overview

The school offers 35 places for both morning and afternoon sessions.

Little Herts Nursery: (including a hot, meaty lunch)

Little Herts is the school’s popular private nursery provision. It provides a specialised and interactive programme of morning learning, offering cookery, drama and dance, arts & crafts, sport, music and Ivrit, as well as outings to the local community.  To encourage development and heighten learning potential, the nursery practitioners ensure intensive individual planning for every child.

HJPS Nursery

HJPS Nursery is the afternoon state-funded provision which follows the EYFS outcomes.  This gives pupils the opportunity to achieve the objectives in the seven areas of learning through an integrated and engaging curriculum of secular and Jewish Studies.  Here we focus on areas such as personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, knowledge of the world and expressive arts and design.  We also have a daily tefillah session, music and movement and “busy fingers” craft and mark making activities which encourage hand/eye co-ordination and dexterity.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its’ own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.” Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012.

Aims of the Nursery

We aim to provide a nursery within an orthodox Jewish environment, that:

  • Ensures a smooth transition into our Nursery including visits, observations and passing on of information from their previous setting.
  • Provides a safe and welcoming environment for children and their families.
  • Ensures the safeguarding of all stakeholders within the Foundation Stage.
  • Ensures that all children feel included, secure, valued and happy.
  • Establishes positive relationships with parents.
  • Keeps parents well informed about the curriculum and their child’s progress.
  • Build on what children already know and can do and celebrates achievement.
  • Encourages independence.
  • Values children’s interests, providing a balance of direct teaching and child initiated activities.
  • Helps children value others, build relationships and learn to co-operate and share with each other.
  • Provides a solid foundation in the seven areas of learning through well planned, rich and stimulating experiences.
  • Makes careful observations in order to support and extend children’s learning appropriately and effectively.
  • Ensures that children with special educational needs are identified and receive appropriate support.
  • Provides an environment where orthodox Jewish values and ethos are at the forefront of our thinking.

Our teaching and learning embodies all of the above aims which are fully integrated into the seven key areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

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