Castlefort Junior Mixed and Infant School

Inspiring Bright Futures Together

Our Early Years

Please click below to visit the class pages for Nursery and Reception for more information:

Our Early Years



Children in the Foundation Stage follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum which covers all 7 areas of a child’s development.


There are 3 Prime Areas of Learning:-

Personal, Social and Emotional development

Communication and Language

Physical development


There are 4 Specific Areas of Learning:-



Expressive Arts and Design

Understanding of the World


We observe our children, to understand and consider their interests, development and learning- planning for and facilitating the 3 ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.


Playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;


Active Learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.


Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things



Our Early Years Setting provides the children with a stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum in a caring and supportive environment. We want the very best for your children and hope that by working in partnership with you as parents, we can help your child achieve their full potential.





We have a 52 place Nursery at Castlefort and  children can start the term after their  3rd birthday. We offer our children 15 hours of provision which is broken down into 5x3hr sessions (morning or afternoon).



The morning session starts at 8.45am until 11.45am.

The afternoon session starts from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.


In our Nursery there are 3 full time adults – our Nursery teacher and two teaching assistants.




We have a 30 place Reception! In Reception, there is one Teacher and two teaching assistants.


The Reception day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3.10pm.



Our Learning


In Early Years, our children follow an active curriculum both indoors and outdoors. Our indoor classrooms are  calming, nurturing and allow our children to become inquisitive learners.  We are developing our ‘outdoor classrooms’ to ensure the children have access throughout the day – no matter what the weather!