Rift House Early Years 


Early Years Framework

Every child in the Early Years deserves the best possible start in life that enables them to fulfil their potential.  Children develop quickly in the early years and their experiences between birth and aged five have a major impact on their future life chances.  

The Early Years Foundation Stage at Rift House seeks to provide:

QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY to ensure that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.

A SECURE FOUNDATION through planning for the learning and development of each individual, child assessing and reviewing regularly.

PARTNERSHIP WORKING between practitioners and with parents and/or carers.

EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY ensuring that every child is included and supported.

The learning and development requirements within the Early Years covers the 7 areas of learning.


Communication and Language

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development




Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Through the planning, teaching and provision, the children work towards the knowledge, skills and understanding (Early Learning Goals) they should have at the end of the academic year they turn five.  

Four guiding principles shape the practice in our Early Years setting.

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults who respond to their individual needs and interests.  

Children learn and develop at different rates.  

In planning and guiding what children learn, we reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust our practice appropriately.  The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

PLAYING AND EXPLORING - children investigate and experiences things and 'have a go.'

ACTIVE LEARNING - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.

CREATING AND THINKING CRITICALLY - children have abd develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.  


Curriculum Summary 

In the Early Years starting from our 2 year old provision through to reception, staff make use of the non-statutory guidance Birth to Five Matters whilst ensuring the statutory framework for the EYFS is met. 

Reception children are assessed against the appropriate early learning goals for all 7 areas of learning to contribute to them reaching a good level of development.  Reception children also make use of the White Rose reception scheme to support learning and so that the children are introduced and prepared for the knowledge, vocabulary and different models they will encounter in Y1 - this supports their transition into the NC2014 KS1 mathematics curriculum.  Reception children also make use of Jigsaw for PSED and Sing Up for music to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and experiences to allow them to access the KS1 curriculum. 

Nursery and Reception children make use of the progression of skills from Get Set for PE to ensure they have an introduction to the skills they will need to access the KS1 PE curriculum.


Long Term Overviews

 2 Year Nursery, Nursery and Reception follow a long term framework with topics and possible texts and themes.  These may be altered due to the needs and interests of the children.


2 Year Nursery Long term Overview

Nursery Long Term Overview

Reception Long Term Overview

Additional Information


We offer free 2 year old places for children of parents who meet certain eligibility criteria. To check if your child would be eligible for a place and to apply for a place please use the following link.



Parents can apply for a place the term their child turns 2.  .Children who are eligible will be given a start date the term after they turn 2.    For more information please contact Miss Caldwell on 01429 275239 at Rift House Primary School, Kim Rowntree on 01429 284881 or Bobbie Swales on 01429 523929  from the Children's Hub.   All children will receive a home visit before they start our provision.  Please request a copy of the school policy for more information.  

 We have two nursery sessions per day where we focus on the personal, social and emotional development of each child. We also encourage their communication, language and physical development. The children are encouraged to explore the environment. They will be supported in their play and will be encouraged to play alongside other children. The children will join in with stories, songs and rhymes during each session.


Our 2 year-old provision is currently mornings from 8.30 - 11.30 a.m. and afternoons from 12.15 - 3.15 p.m.


We also currently offer paid places.  Parents are able to pay for sessions at a cost of £15.00 for 3 hours.  Paid places are not available for children already accessing a funded 2 Year Nursery place.  Please see the Paid Place Policy or contact the school to find out availablity and eligibility for how this will work for you and your child.    




3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours Nursery provision. 

Rift House Nursery also offers full time 30 hour provision for working parents.  To find out if you are eligible, please use the link to take you to the Government website https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare#content.  Select ‘Apply for 30 hours free childcare’ and click on ‘Start now.’  You will be asked to complete a simple online application.  If you are entitled, a code will be emailed out to you.  Once the code is handed into Nursery, your child is able to access full time provision the following term.  The Nursery staff will explain how this will work for you and your child.

Application for 30 hours September to December – a place will be offered from January

Application for 30 hours January to April – a place will be offered from April

Application for 30 hours from May to August – a place will be offered from September  

We also currently offer paid places.  Parents are able to select additional sessions at a cost of £15.00 per session.  Please see the Paid Place Policy or contact the school to find out availablity and eligibility how this will work for you and your child.   



To place your child onto our Nursery list come into the school office or pop into the school office to complete the correct form. Children can be placed on the nursery list from birth. We will be in touch approximately six weeks before your child turns 3.

Once you have been notified that your child has a place in our Nursery, a visit date and a start date will be provided. 

If your child already has a place in our 2 Year Nursery,  transition between the settings will be planned in the weeks before your child  transfers to school Nursery.  

We will also discuss how your child will access their nursery provision.



‘Morning’ Nursery: 8.30am - 11.30am

‘Afternoon’ Nursery: 12.15pm - 3.15pm 

Please note: Admission to a Nursery attached to a primary school does not guarantee a place for your child in the Reception class at that school.



Rift House Primary School is responsible for admissions into Nursery. The local authority has sole responsibility for admissions into Reception and Year 1 to Year 6. For further guidance on whole school admissions please see the local authority guidance that can be located at: 

Applying for a primary school place


Important dates


School admission arrangements


Applyng for an in year admission




We are currently using the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme across our Lower Phase including in Early Years. The children are really enjoying learning the phrases and actions associated with Read, Write, Inc. This helps the children to recognise letters, remember the sounds and form their letters correctly. If you would like to use these phrases and actions at home to help your child then click on the link below:


Reading Website recommendations - Oxford Owl 

2 year Nursery children and school Nursery children receive a book to share at home every week.

Reception children will receive a decodable phonics book and a book to share.  

Reading is an important part of your child's development.  Please support this by reading and sharing stories at home.



What we have been up to in Early Years...

Kids Playing Images - Free Download on Freepik

 2 Year Nursery

3,100+ Cartoon Of A 2 Year Old Illustrations, Royalty-Free Vector Graphics  & Clip Art - iStock

Here are some photos of what we have been enjoying in 2 Year Nursery.  For more information on 2 Year Nursery provision, please see the class page.  

School Nursery

Developmental Skills for 3-4 Year Old Children | Little Lukes Preschool and  Childcare Center

Here are some photos of what we have been enjoying in school Nursery.  For more information on  Nursery provision, please see the class page.  


Child development: your 3-4 year old - CBeebies - BBC

Here are some photos of what we have been enjoying in Reception.  For more information on the Reception class provision, please see the class page.  

Reception Story and Craft Club

Child development: your 3-4 year old - CBeebies - BBC

We have had a super time at Story and Craft Club.  So far we have shared the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and we planted our own beans.  Watch this space to see how tall they grow!  We read 'I Love my Mammy' and made a gift for our special people.   We have also shared 'The Gingerbread Man' and decorated our own ginger biscuit.  We ate them all up just like the fox did!  They were delicious.