Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Early Years Foundation Stage

Our Nursery classes  are on our Stroud Green Campus, for children aged 3-4 years. Our Nursery provides the perfect introduction to learning and gives children confidence and skills to transfer to Reception class (by application). Our Reception provision is also on our Stroud Green Campus where there are three Reception Classes (2022-23) and a dedicated outside area.

Please visit our admissions page for information about applications for Nursery and Reception Classes. 

In our school we believe that all our children matter. We give our children every opportunity to achieve their best. We do this by taking into account all our children’s range of life experiences when planning for their learning.

Each of our Early Years Foundation Stage [EYFS] classrooms provide stimulating environments where pupils can play, explore, experiment, develop confidence, be curious and learn. We believe it is our duty to develop a joy of learning by being motivated and excited by the opportunity to learn through play and first hand experiences which relate to a variety of themes.

In September 2021, we will begin implementing the New Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework. This new framework provides a strong element for developing children’s speech and vocabulary whilst also providing many ideas for good quality exploring, creating and thinking critically. Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals, as set out in the New Development Matters document, and on developing children’s skills and experiences.

The learning programme in our Nursery is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our aim is to provide holistic learning in a safe, happy and stimulating environment through which all children are challenged and make outstanding progress. To develop confident, happy children, equipped with foundations to nurture a lifelong love of learning. To engage with and value contributions from parents, professionals and the local community to ensure best outcomes for children and best value for Oasis Academy Shirley Park.

We foster a harmonious atmosphere which supports and promotes self-esteem. We build confident communicators supporting every child as an individual across development in all areas of the Early Years and Foundation Stage. We help every child to grow up feeling confident about their own identity, in a spirit of friendship, understanding fairness and the rights of others, valuing diversity, and ready to be a British citizen.

Topics covered in our Nursery Curriculum include the following: 

  • Communication and Language 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We want our parents and carers to feel in the loop when it comes to their child's education, therefore each year we make sure a full breakdown of what is taught within our classrooms is available in weekly newsletters.

We teach phonics in both Nursery and Reception and we begin slightly more formal activities in the last half term of the Foundation Stage in Reception in readiness for Year 1. Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play and by engaging in well-planned and structured activities.

We fully acknowledge that all children need the support of parents and the teachers to make good progress in school. We strive to build positive links with the parents by keeping them informed about how their children are being taught and how well they are progressing.

We promote a seamless progression between Nursery, Reception and into Key Stage 1. These 3 stages build upon each other to provide a firm cornerstone upon which to build Key Stage 2 challenges and attainment.

The EYFS includes seven areas of learning and development, three 'prime areas' and four 'specific areas


The EYFS also highlights how young children learn, and calls these the characteristics of effective learning. These are:

1. Playing and exploring

2. Active learning,

3. Creating and Thinking Critically

We teach these subjects through a topic-based curriculum that encompasses some of the programmes of study that the children will do as they move into Key Stage 1.  We provide high levels of enjoyment and creativity so that children are inspired to learn. 



7 Learning Areas