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At Cherry Tree Academy our aim is to create a purposeful, engaging, language rich learning environment which supports, enhances and invites a child’s curiosity, confidence and individual competency. This enables children to flourish regardless of backgrounds, circumstances or needs. We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential. We believe that children who enter our Reception class begin their lifelong learning journey by developing physically, verbally, cognitively and emotionally whilst also embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning. We work closely with feeder pre-schools and Nurseries in the surrounding area to support transition for our Reception children when they start their school journey with us. We are also working closely to build and maintain links with our on-site Pre-school, Cherry Blossom Nursery.

As a team we work extremely hard to create an indoor and outdoor learning environment that inspires the children to investigate, ask question and challenge themselves each day. The children can explore the different areas throughout the school day and access a wide range of continuous provision opportunities alongside well-planned enhancements and interventions. We want to provide our children with every opportunity to fulfil their potential and work on reaching the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage and ensure that the children make, at least, good progress from their initial starting points. Every child has access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. Following personal interests and individual needs, allows us to plan and provide opportunities throughout our Early Years curriculum to support learning and development and achieve children’s next steps.

At Cherry Tree Academy we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This is made up of four overriding principles which our early year’s education is based upon:

Unique Child – Every child is unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

EYFS Leader: Nicole Wilkinson

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