The school sits in a beautifully landscaped setting.
All of the children who enter EYFS are part of our school community. As an integral part of Bootham, the children have access to all parts of the school. All the children within EYFS are included in school events.
The EYFS children have a variety of outdoor areas where staff organise learning opportunities, as well as allowing children time for free play. Reception age children join other year groups for occasional playtimes during the summer term. We participate in the government's nursery voucher scheme for 3 and 4 year-old children including the pilot 30 hours scheme.
Children who have turned 3 years of age can start throughout the academic year. Children who have turned 3 years of age on or before the 31st August of the previous academic year can join us at the start of the autumn term, either for mornings or full days, or a combination of both.
Occasionally, a child may start at the beginning of the term in which they are due to turn three (rising 3) if this would be appropriate for the child and the school.
Children move into the Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. This is a full-time class.
The hours of our sessions are:
Mornings: 9 am – 12.00 noon
Full days: 9 am – 3.00 pm
For the Nursery children who are attending the morning session only, lunch is available as an extra. Reception and Nursery children are supervised whilst eating their lunch in the Hall. Many of the EYFS staff eat with the children while others are helping. We feel lunchtimes are an important part of the day, particularly in relation to the children's social development.
An extremely spacious and well equipped nursery.
Assemblies and Meetings
EYFS children take an active part in the special Easter, Harvest, Christmas and End of Year assemblies. They also attend the whole-school meeting when appropriate and have their own assemblies within the classroom.
"Pupils... demonstrate a high degree of mutual respect and support" (Independent Schools Inspectorate report, 2014).
Even the youngest children are encouraged to behave with kindness and consideration towards each other. They have to learn to look after their own possessions and respect one another’s possessions. We expect them to be honest, helpful and polite, to try their best and to listen to others. We believe in encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions, thereby becoming aware that their behaviour has an effect on those around them. We encourage children to make the right choices and decisions within established boundaries. We praise the children for all their achievements and give rewards in the form of verbal praise, stickers and certificates. Copies of our Behaviour Policy are available on the website or on request from the School Office. This policy outlines the expectations and procedures relating to behaviour in the early years.
Every child who joins Bootham Junior School is given a planner. This is one of the methods for communication between parents and the school. We note significant events about which we feel you ought to be aware. We ask you to write down anything relevant which may affect your child’s mood and level of interest in the learning environment.
Keeping in Touch
We appreciate that sending your child to Nursery is a big step and it is understandable that some parents may worry or feel anxious about their child's well-being and happiness. That is why we invite your child to spend half a day or a full day in the Nursery before he/she joins us. You are always welcome to visit the school to talk to staff about any concerns you may have about your child. Any concerns will always be treated in complete confidence.
We send home regular EYFS newsletters full of recent activities to enable you and your child to discuss things of interest.
We have a Junior School e-bulletin and also a joint weekly newsletter with the senior school, emailed to parents every Friday, to inform you about activities and special events.
Letters from the school are usually emailed to you or occasionally paper copies are put into your child's reading bag. There is a section on the school website for parents where information, news and school policies are available to download. You are encouraged to check the website on a regular basis.
Two budding Lewis Hamiltons!
More outdoor fun.
Learning basic outdoor survival techniques...
...is great fun at "forest school"!
Activities within the fenced outdoor area are structured and planned daily. All the children will have access to outdoor activities during the morning and afternoon sessions. There is a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning opportunities. The Outdoor Education area in the grounds, enables the children to explore, play and learn. They are accompanied by their teacher and by an Outdoor Education specialist teacher.
Within the first half term of your child starting at Bootham Junior School, we will invite you into school to discuss your child. It is an opportunity for you to share any information with us which you feel may be relevant to your child’s education. Parents’ Evenings take place twice a year.
Parents' Information Afternoon
All parents of children in EYFS are invited to an informal meeting at the beginning of the autumn term. This gives parents the opportunity to meet the Early Years teachers.
Children are assessed throughout their time in EYFS, through observations, questioning and direct teaching. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through investigation and exploration. A profile of each child’s knowledge is developed using written observations, photographic evidence and examples of children’s work. This 'Learning Journey' is available for families to look at and add to throughout the year. At the end of each academic year a full report is written.
We organise excursions to different places within the local community. These are designed to help the children acquire a basic understanding of the natural world and of the importance of other cultures. The class teacher will inform you of visits that are due to take place over the term. We will send you a letter in advance, telling you about every visit and, if appropriate, its cost and whether it involves an extension to the normal length of the school day. Copies of our policy on Visits for the Early Years Foundation Stage children are available on request.
A trip to the woods.
Expecting bad weather?
All present and correct!
Bootham Junior School, Rawcliffe Lane, York, YO30 6NP