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First School

Nursery, Reception and Year 1

‘First School’ Philosophy

At The Belvedere Preparatory School we take into account the skills, knowledge and experiences that our children bring with them to school. We recognise that our children have the potential to achieve high standards, often beyond age related expectations. Therefore, we aspire for all our children to become competent learners.

From the start, children are encouraged to become resilient, confident and self-assured. We provide opportunities for our children to form positive relationships which enable them to be strong and independent. Our aim is to extend their development and learning in an enabling environment. We equally acknowledge that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.

We understand and value the importance of learning through educational play in a child initiated environment. Our ‘First School’ gives us a unique opportunity to provide a balance between EYFS principles and practices, and the more school like routines and educational practices at Key Stage 1.

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SCHOOL DAY

NURSERY AND RECEPTION

  • Pupils may arrive from 7.30am when Before School Care is available (charges apply before 8.30am).
  • Pupils may be brought to the classroom between 8.30am and 8.50am.
  • There is a 30 minute morning break during which a healthy snack is provided.
  • Part-time Nursery children must be collected before lunch (12.15pm).
  • All children eat their school lunch together in the school hall between 12.45pm and 1.15pm.
  • There is supervised educational play, clubs and activities until 1.50pm.
  • Afternoon School finishes at 3.10pm.
  • Collection is from the First School Entrance.
  • After School Care is available on all days until 5.45pm.

Year 1

  • Pupils may arrive from 7.30am when Before School Care is available (charges apply before 8.30am).
  • Pupils may be brought to the playground (where supervision is available) from 8.15am.
  • There is a 30 minute morning break during which a healthy snack is provided.
  • All children eat their school lunch together in the school hall between 12.45pm and 1.15pm.
  • There is supervised educational play, clubs and activities until 1.50pm.
  • Afternoon School finishes at 3.20pm.
  • Collection is from the main playground.
  • After School Care is available on all days until 5.45pm.