EYFS (Nursery & Reception)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers the Nursery and Reception years within our Pre-Prep department; a warm and welcoming place where children are happy to play and learn.

The children join us in the Nursery, which accommodates two classes of enquiring three-year-olds. The impressive Nursery building has wide, open-plan classes that include conservatories and bespoke furniture. This enables the children to have the best start to their academic journeys, which prepares them for their life at St. Aubyn’s beyond the Nursery years.

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When pupils leave the Nursery they move into our Reception classes which are located next to the Nursery, thus providing easy transition and a familiar environment for them to continue to flourish. Throughout the week the pupils in EYFS visit the Library, the Sports Hall, the Performing Arts Centre, the all weather pitch, the ‘secret playground’ and the dedicated wooded area immediately next to the Nursery. They also eat their lunch in the Dining Hall each day. The children are supervised at all times by qualified, caring staff.


The learning experience aims to inspire the children inside and outside of the classroom. The curriculum meets the criteria outlined in the EYFS framework. Specific learning objectives are designed around three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

and four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Children work to objectives outlined in these areas of learning.

…we firmly believe that learning should be absorbing, challenging and plenty of fun!

Our staff provide a stimulating, nurturing environment where each child’s needs are catered for through our play based curriculum. Children learn through a wide and varied range of play, and we firmly believe that learning should be absorbing, challenging and plenty of fun! This approach provides a basic grounding in numeracy and literacy, thereby enabling children to progress into their primary education with a sense of achievement and confidence.

Mrs Jennifer Butcher
Head of Pre-Prep (including early years)