Early Years

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a comprehensive statutory framework that sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five.

All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that, whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident their child will receive a quality experience that supports their care, learning and development.

The EYFS ensures:

  • children learn through play
  • providers work closely with parents
  • parents are kept up to date with their child's progress
  • the welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

At Loyola we follow the six key areas of the EYFS (physical development; creative development; communication, language and literacy; personal, social and emotional development; problem solving, numeracy and reasoning; knowledge and understanding of the world). We add to this a seventh area of religious education and incorporate our religious scheme of work, ‘The Way, The Truth and the Life’ in an age-appropriate way. 

When boys join us at the age of three they are introduced to phonics and basic number work, learning through a combination of group work, individual sessions and play. The onus is on providing a caring environment designed to make each boy’s early learning experience a positive one. 

In Reception the boys start to lean their sounds through the Jolly Phonics scheme and they go on to reading simple phonic based books. The boys also develop number and letter formation and receive homework, which allows them to go over the day's work. Play and singing rhythms is frequently used with our practical number work. The onus is on building boys’ confidence and independence and preparing them for a happy and productive journey of learning throughout the school.

Boys have two PE lessons a week where they have the use of the apparatus in the school hall and also develop general ball skills, awareness and coordination.

Nursery vouchers are accepted up to the term pupils turn 5.