Brookside Foundation Unit comprises of a 30-place reception class and a 13-place part-time nursery class. Mrs Rachel Clark teaches the full-time reception children (Busy Bees) and Miss Polly Youngs teaches the nursery children (Lovely Ladybirds). Mrs Sarah Evans is the teaching assistant working mainly with the Busy Bees and Mrs Andrea Hewitt supports us on a part-time basis.
In the Foundation Unit we provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment where children can learn effectively at their own pace. We work with a curriculum that is suitable for very young children, and is designed to be really flexible so that we can follow the children’s unique needs and interests.
There are times during each day when the children learn and play together in the unit and times when they do separate activities.
Learning and Development
Children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. These prime areas are those most essential for children’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the specific areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; and Expressive arts and design.