Welcome to Early Years at City Academy Whitehawk. We are proud to be rated as an Outstanding Early Years Provider by Ofsted (2018).
We understand that the skills, knowledge and experiences children acquire in their early years form the foundations of all future learning. We are therefore delighted to be able to extend our curriculum offer to 3-4 year olds to give our youngest learners a head start to school life.
Our Early Years Mission
What makes us special?
We appreciate that starting primary school is a significant moment in children's lives. We have designed a curriculum and environment which prepares our children to make the best start to school possible.
Working with Reception
Our Nursery classroom is situated in the heart of our Reception setting. Hatchlings share our Studio space with Reception Robins and later on in the year both year groups share free-flow Explore Time to support the Nursery children's transition to Reception. We find that working in this way really supports children in settling into their first year of school with us.
The children enjoy visiting the school's gym facilities each week. Here the children have access to our school's specialist PE equipment and enjoy developing their gross motor play. This also supports our children to feel familiar with our school surroundings.
Our children take part in Sports Day, our Early Years Nativity and all other school-wide events such as working with Year 6 Ambassadors as part of International Women's Day. This helps our children to feel part of our school community from the very start.
We are so lucky to have a large outdoor area for our children to enjoy. Our outdoor areas spans the entire length of our Early Years building and offers children with lots of places to explore.
You will often find Hatchlings children:
- Painting and exploring water play on the veranda
- Cooking mud pies in the mud kitchen
- Digging in the giant sand pit
- Racing on our bike track
- Climbing on our trim trail
- Playing hide and seek in the trees and willow
- Playing team games in our Paddock!
How do I apply?