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Early Years

Early years at Southlands:
the perfect place to start

Our Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of Nursery and Reception classes, for children aged 3-5. 

We understand that starting school is a huge milestone in a child’s life. Just like you, at Southlands we want your child’s first experience of school to be exciting and positive. From the moment you drop your children off at the door to when you collect them at hometime, you can be assured that they will be treated with warmth, care and plenty of smiles. With dedicated and experienced teachers and plenty of space to explore and discover new friendships, Southlands really is the perfect space to grow. 

Early Years

Our Early Learning Centre is an open, welcoming, safe space for our youngest students, where they begin their journey of lifelong learning. They are taught and cared for by experienced teachers who have a high priority of developing early language, communication and social skills.

Our philosophy of enabling learning through play ensures the development of the whole child as an individual. Our teachers plan and prepare an environment with continuous provision, supporting and challenging each child to grow and learn through effective interactions and experiences.

Children at Southlands are given the opportunity to discover and explore the world around them in our expansive gardens. Outdoor learning is an integral part of the students’ experience, where they learn through their senses to be creative, work together and of course, have lots of fun. 

Phonics teaching and learning is a key part of the early years stage, to develop early reading and writing skills. If you visit our Nursery or Reception classes, you will see a range of activities taking place such as role-play, practical games, painting, cutting and sticking and reading in the book corner. You will also see the outdoor classroom in operation, with equipment such as bikes, cars, sand and water.



At this age, children demonstrate their understanding through seven different areas of learning and development. The three primary areas of development are:
  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

As they grow, these foundation skills will help them to develop further skills in four specific areas. These are:
  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design

I really liked the education my daughter has received and the great progress she has made in the English language