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"Happy times are never ending when we are playing and pretending"

Our Nursery

Abbey Meads Community Primary School opened their Acorn Nursery class in September 2017, and in January 2019 opened Conker Nursery class.

To download our application form, please click below.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

At Abbey Meads, we are passionate about providing our youngest children with the best possible start, ensuring all Nursery and Reception children are happy and secure. We place importance on the relationship that we have with the children and their parents.


We endeavour to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere where children are valued and listened to. We value every child for who they are and prepare them for all they can be, ‘nothing but the best’.


We believe that in Early Years, play underpins children’s learning and development. In Nursery and Reception, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, building on the foundations laid throughout their prior experiences, and preparing children for their transitions into Reception and Year 1. For children moving into Year 1, we will ensure the children are equipped ready to progress on to the National Curriculum.


Our philosophy is that by nurturing children into inquisitive thinkers and independent resilient learners, it will enable them to grow and develop, and fulfil their potential. We have an environment which promotes learning both indoors and out, and a balance of child initiated and teacher led activities. Through exploration and discovery, children make sense of the world around them and develop emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. Experienced and dedicated staff support the children by having a well-planned daily routine, which includes opportunities for them to work independently or with others, in both child-initiated and adult directed play and learning situations. Staff continuously relate to children’s interests and extend their learning through challenging and skilful questioning.



We follow the EYFS statutory framework 2021. We have our revised EYFS curriculum and progression of skills documents to support the implementation on the new framework.


The statutory assessment remains in place for the end of Foundation Stage, with teachers assessing children against Early Learning Goals.


These goals have changed quite significantly and the children will now only be assessed as emerging or expected against these goals. Children achieve GLD, a Good Level of Development if they achieve expected in all of the following areas:



  • Communication and Language:

    • Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking

  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development:

    • Self-Regulation, Managing Self, Building Relationships

  • Physical Development: 

    • Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills


  • Literacy:

    • ​Comprehension, Word Reading, Writing

  • Mathematics:

    • Number, Numerical Patterns


We use 'Development Matters' to support our planning and assessment in Nursery. This document is non-statutory.


We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, following a thematic approach

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