Settling In

Each child has an identified Key Person, who, along with the learning group leader will support you and your child through the settling process, and throughout their time in Meadow.  Having a strong relationship with a key adult who is able to develop knowledge of your child’s prior experiences, interests and skills, will support your child to confidently access the environment.


Children are entitled to 15 hours of nursery provision. However, when they first start nursery the sessions will be shortened to enable children to build relationships, and get to know the environment.  The session times will be increased to meet the needs of the child.  In the long term, this will support your child to enjoy their time at nursery. 

Settling Booklet for parents


Early Years Foundation Stage at Hillfields Nursery School

Early Years foundation Stage is from birth to 5 years. At Hillfields Nursery School we have Nursery 1 class (2-3 year olds) and Nursery 2 class (3-4 year olds)

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning

Children will develop the prime areas first
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

A good foundation win the prime areas will then support the children to acquire the skills in the specific areas
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

These 7 areas of learning are used to plan your child’s learning. The staff will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking. Opportunities for these characteristics of learning take place both indoors and outdoors.

To support Communication and Language and Literacy we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.


For more information on the EYFS please click here