“Children learn as they play. Most importantly in play children learn how to learn.”

O. Fred Donaldson


Meet our Team

The EYFS team consists of specialist teachers working with qualified early years educators.

Within our EYFS department, each member of the team is fully devoted to instilling a love of learning. They have a fantastic understanding of the EYFS curriculum and the many needs of EYFS children.

About Us

St. Pius X Primary School is part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust.

We offer free, 15 hour and 30-hour places for 52 children in Nursery and 30 full time places in Reception.


30 Hours Funding

We have a limited number of 30 hours childcare places at St. Pius.

Eligibility is available for parents on the HMRC 30 hours childcare website: https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

If you are eligible, please follow the steps carefully and once completed, you will be given an 11-digit validation code which you will need to use as proof to a member of our office staff prior to your child starting Nursery.

Please note: there is a £2 daily charge to cover staffing costs over lunchtime. This is payable on ParentPay.


Nursery Timings

AM Nursery – flexible ‘drop off’ from 8:30am – 8:45am. The children are collected at 11:30am

PM Nursery – the session starts at 12:15pm with a flexible ‘pick up’ from 3:00pm – 3:15pm.


Reception Timings

8:40am – 3:00pm.


Our Vision and Aims

Our Vision is to provide an outstanding Catholic education with Christ as our light.

Our aim within the Early Years Foundation Stage is to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment, which allows all children to feel secure and valued and therefore ready and eager to learn.

If you would like to put your child’s name on our waiting list, then please contact school on 01642 314453 or email: [email protected]




In EYFS it is our aim to provide an outstanding Catholic education with Christ as our light and guide. Our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced and designed to foster the characteristics of effective learning through a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities, using continuous play and small group tasks.

We recognise children’s prior learning and various starting points, and create a holistic curriculum that gives children


  • cultural capital, which helps them to progress and achieve success now, and in their future
  • opportunities to recap and retrieve knowledge
  • a wide knowledge of social rules and conventions
  • the currency of play


Our curriculum is built around half termly themes linked closely to the seasons of the year. We aim to ensure that children acquire a wide vocabulary, communicate effectively and, in Reception, secure a knowledge of phonics, which gives them the foundations for future learning, especially in preparation for them to become confident and fluent readers.

We recognise every child as a unique individual, and we acknowledge and promote children’s interests by providing them with enabling environments and opportunities which empower them to display high levels of curiosity, imagination, creativity, resilience, confidence and concentration.

We know that children have a thirst for new experiences and knowledge, and we believe that they have a large role to play in their learning and in planning what they learn about and what the continuous provision will include. Therefore, we provide stimulating, vibrant, enabling, continuous indoor and outdoor provision, that follow children’s interests, and which are adapted regularly to meet their needs, regardless of where children are on their learning journey.

We recognise that children learn and develop well in environments where their experiences respond to their individual needs so we encourage a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers where key information can be shared and children are encouraged to reach their full potential.

We have highly skilled, enthusiastic staff who see every moment as a learning opportunity and the activities and experiences that they provide underpin the skills children will need to work towards the Early Learning Goals in the following 7 areas and ensure they are ‘Year 1 ready’:


The Prime areas are:

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

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our Curriculum

  • Our EYFS curriculum is play-based and takes place indoors and outdoors.
  • There is a strong balance between adult-initiated and child-initiated activities.
  • Adults continuously interact with children enhancing their learning at every opportunity.
  • Through daily observations and interactions we are able to build a rich and accurate understanding of each child across all aspects of learning and development.
  • Building positive relationships with parents is vital. We learn a lot about children from their parents.


At St. Pius, we teach Phonics through a scheme called Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) and is taught daily across EYFS.

Foundations for Phonics

Phonics Progression Document

Progression of Rhymes, Songs and Poems

The Four overarching principles shape good practice in our early years setting:

A Unique child: Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and who 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 with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time.

Learning and development: Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the educational and care of all children in early years provision.


 Please click here to view the full The Development Matters document which explains exactly what the children have to achieve and how we can all work together to help children to do so.