All Saint's Richmond Hill Church Of England Primary School


Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery and Reception

Early Years Leader: Mrs R.Richmond

Nursery teachers: Mrs A.Foulke and Mrs N.Osborn

Nursery nurse and support staff: Miss C.Hepworth, Mrs J.Burrows, Mrs T.Hoyle. Mrs S.Robinson-Lyons

Reception teacher: Miss H.Turver

Reception support staff: Mrs L.Walker, Mrs R.Newsome and Miss D.Masterson

Please click on the link below to watch a video about why the early years are so important.


All Saints’ Nursery is an integral part of our school family. We understand how important the early years in a child’s life are and that the experiences we provide will play an important role in their development.  

Our nursery is led by two qualified teachers and an experienced team of staff who ensure the children receive a high quality start to their early education. We build positive relationships so that the children feel safe, nurtured, happy and ready to learn. We take time to discover each child’s interests and incorporate these into our day-to-day activities to give them ownership of their learning. 

Young children learn best through play and we provide a high quality environment that allows our children to explore and learn. We have water, sand and dough areas as well as continuous access to mark making materials, a home corner, construction, small world, natural objects, maths-based resources and arts/craft materials.  

We also enhance our provision with purposeful and stimulating resources and activities to ignite curiosity, promote independence and to foster a love of learning. 

We are incredibly fortunate to have two wonderful outside spaces in which to explore and play. The Nursery has a huge range of resources to help with physical development. The natural world brings so much wonder and awe to the children’s lives and we spend lots of time outside playing in the main outdoor garden, caring for our plants or exploring the woodland area. 

Throughout the year, we offer trips and access to visitors. We have great links with a local bookshop, story teller and Harewood House. We have taken children on local trips and have regular visits from faith leaders. We really enjoy a good party in Nursery too so try to squeeze in a few each year to celebrate together! 

Through high quality interactions, teachers and staff support and challenge children in their learning. Getting to know the children means we are able to celebrate their strengths, recognise their next steps and support them in achieving their goals and building their self-esteem. 

We really value the support of parents and carers and we communicate with them effectively. We have regular ‘stay and play’ sessions for parents and carers to come and spend some time in Nursery with their children. Our curriculum letter each half-term details things that can be done at home to help the children practise important skills. Parents know their child better than anyone so it is vital that we work together. 



In Reception, we offer a curriculum that excites and motivates our children. Our indoor and outdoor provision is set up with engaging and purposeful activities linked to our half-term theme. Our areas offer children a range of different learning experiences: maths, mark making, creative,  sand and water, construction, movement play, role play, our book nooks, and our woodland. There are lots of opportunities for the children to create, investigate, explore, persevere, imagine and collaborate. We offer lots of exciting experiences linked to our learning. We visit the farm for some hands-on learning about animal life cycles. As part of our 'Once Upon a Time...' theme, we visit Legoland, where the children use their imagination to create their own fantasy stories. We also go for walks to explore our local area over the year, to make maps, look for transport, hunt for minibeasts and investigate seasonal changes.

Parents and carers:
We want to work as a team with our parents and carers to help every child to achieve their full potential. We ask parents to encourage their children to be independent, resilient and confident. 
Parents and carers can encourage -
-Eating indpepdently.
-Dressing indpendently.
-Toileting independently. 
-Having a go and perservering with something difficult.
-Talking about their play/explorations/the world around them.

To find out more about our half term theme, please check the curriculum letter on our Reception class page. An overview of our weekly learning is also added to our class page. Please ask your children about their learning! We ask that you read your child's book with them as much as possible.
We also offer meetings at school for parents and carers to understand more about our curriculum. Letters will be sent home regarding these.
-New starters meeting.
-Phonics meeting.
-Maths mastery meeting.