As educators we believe that children are equipped with enormous potential for learning from the moment they are born. In their early years, every experience a child has contributes to their understanding of the world around them and their place in it. We want to make Radnor House Prep School a beacon for Early Years educations where young children will feel at home and flourish in our Nursery and Reception classes.
We have the wonderful opportunity to redesign and reimagine our EYFS teaching space from scratch, ready for when our school moves into its permanent home at Pope’s Villa in September 2024. We will bring the outside in, with open access to covered outside spaces in addition to large and airy classrooms, enabling us to provide a full and varied curriculum for even our youngest learners. The Nursery and Reception will be linked by a covered outdoor play area and the Early Years rooms will be fully refurbished to the highest of specifications.
Our Early Years curriculum will combine the Early Years Foundation goals with elements of Montessori teaching to create child-initiated learning. Practical life activities using real objects in real situations will be crucial, and time will be given to children to repeat and refine these skills. Independence will be nurtured right from the very beginning through everyday routines, under the enthusiastic, watchful eyes of an experienced Early Years team.
Learning is shared, made visible and celebrated throughout the setting. The use of Tapestry creates a platform for open discussions between teachers, pupils and parents and allows parents to see ongoing learning processes as well as the end result of a project.
Seven Areas of Learning
We incorporate all seven areas of learning in the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and endeavour to allow our pupils to go beyond and reach their full potential.