Early Years

The Early Years applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. At Thomas’s, children join our Reception classes at the beginning of the school year in which they are five.

We believe that the Early Years is fundamental in instilling positive dispositions towards learning. In the Reception year children will play and explore; make choices and learn to have a go and persevere; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy.

A stimulating environment, including a multisensory outdoor play area, supports the teachers’ planned activities and the children’s own initiatives for learning. 

See below for the seven areas of learning and development that comprise the Early Years.

'I love Reception because I get to do lots of fun things and play with all my friends.' - Reception pupil