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Term Dates – Academic Year 2021- 2022


Monday, 6th September – Friday, 22nd October 2021
Half – Term: 25th – 29th October 2021
MMonday, 1st November – Friday, 17th December 2021*
*the Blue Room will finish the Autumn term on Thursday 16th December 2021


Monday, 10th January – Friday 11th February 2022
Half – Term: 14th – 18th February 2022
Monday, 21st February – Friday, 1st April 2022


Tuesday, 19th April – Friday 27th May 2022
Half – Term: 30th May – 3rd June 2022
Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July 2022


May Day Bank Holiday: Monday, 2nd May 2022

New Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has been reformed and there is a new framework that all early years providers and settings follow from September 2021. The national changes have been made to better support all young children’s learning and development. It is also the aim that the new framework will better prepare children for the transition into key stage 1 which comes at the end of their reception year in school.

There are some elements of the new EYFS that have not significantly changed and some that have. Some key changes include:

Staff spending less time on large amounts of written observations and assessments for evidence collection. This means that early years practitioners will be spending more time supporting and engaging with the children in their learning and development needs.

Children will no longer be assessed against statements from an age band category as emerging, expected or exceeding. Instead, staff will use their experience and knowledge to monitor if a child’s learning and development is on track for their age across the 7 areas of learning.

The early learning goals at the end of reception have changed to become more clear and easier to understand. School teachers will use their judgements to assess if the children have met these goals at the very end of the EYFS and inform parents and carers.

There is a strong emphasis on improving children’s language and vocabulary though increasing opportunities for ‘back and forth’ conversations, reading a wide range of books and singing rhymes and songs and holding discussions around activities in other areas of learning.

Finally, safeguarding and welfare of children is still a high priority, with the added mention of teaching children about the importance of good oral health and how to keep teeth clean and healthy.

For any further information about how Hambledon Nursery School has implemented the new statutory framework and plans our curriculum to meet the new educational programmes using the updated Development Matters guidance, please do get in touch.

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