Welcome to Ash Trees Academy Early Years.


At Ash Trees Academy we are committed to developing each child’s unique potential within a secure and caring environment. We recognise the very varied starting points of our children, as they enter school, and take into account children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home. We provide stimulating, innovative first hand learning experiences that are led by children’s interests and our topic based approach. We recognise that our children have very individual needs and abilities and aim to ensure that all our children are able to achieve, develop a love of learning, independence skills and the ability to be resilient in the face of difficulties in readiness/preparation for adult life.

We work in partnership with parents & carers and a range of professionals, in order to develop the whole child.

We complete a learning journal, used for assessment and recording that draws upon qualitative information from those adults that know the child well. It combines both the ‘learning journey’ approach and the ‘assessment for learning’ approach (assess-plan-do-review) that are already well recognised as good practice within the EYFS ensuring that the child is central to the assessment process and providing a holistic picture of each child’s unique learning journey. We reflect the EYFS areas of learning and development and ensure it meets our pupils’ learning and development needs.

We follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfES July 2023). This framework specifies the requirements for learning and development in the Early Years and includes the seven areas of learning;

Prime Areas – Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development

Specific Areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design

Our EYFS Classes are organised into provision areas to encourage the children to develop many different skills. The children are encouraged to explore the areas independently during child-initiated play.

We offer the following areas and resources to create a stimulating environment for them to use: early English and Maths based activities, mark making & arts table, small world zone, reading area, sand and water exploration, sensory area, interactive whiteboard, fine motor skills table top experiences, including playdough, tweezers and threading, gross motor play within our large outdoor play area, for climbing, sliding, rolling, running crawling.

We aim to celebrate what the child can achieve and demonstrate this via recording observations of children both in adult led and child led learning contexts using video and photographs. We work in partnership with parents and carers and seek updates and videos from to showcase progress made in the home setting.   Progress is measured against PLGs, EYFS statements and for some children Footsteps statements.   Progress is shared with parents & carers on a regular basis both verbally and through Evidence for Learning.  We hope you enjoy seeing your child flourish within our EYFS environment.

If you have any further questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to our EYFS Lead – Caroline MacLeod on 0333 999 1451.