Before & After School
(For Pre Reception and Reception pupils)
Children can be dropped off in the Nursery playground from 8.00 am. Parents sign a register and the children are looked after by two assistants before being taken to their classrooms, shortly before the front door opens at 8.30 am. Sibling After School Care is provided for children with older siblings until 3.45 pm. There is also an Extended After School Care facility which runs from 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm Monday to Thursday. There is an additional charge for this.
This plays an important part in our curriculum and all the Early Years children enjoy using the Nursery playground. Activities revolve around the seven areas of the EYFS framework, allowing opportunities for child initiated and active learning. The children also have use of the Adventure Playground and for Pre Reception and Reception children, the main playground
Trips and Visits
The Early Years curriculum is further enhanced by an excellent programme of educational visits. The Pre Reception and Reception children go on two educational trips a term to many different destinations, for example, Highgate Woods, The Natural History Museum, The Royal Mews and Battersea Park Zoo. These trips are linked to the topics that the children are studying in the curriculum
The Early Years also has visits from parents to talk about religious celebrations, the local police, doctors, dentists and other agencies to develop an understanding of personal safety, healthy lifestyle and citizenship. Perform Drama Workshops also help develop the children’s imaginative skills. Special events are also celebrated, either in the classroom or during assemblies.
Devonshire House has a strong ethos for fundraising. The Early Years children take part in many of these events including regular events such as British Legion Poppies, Jeans for Genes and Children in Need.
The Early Years children also help to raise money for the school charities . An example of this was when the children participated in sponsored circuits of the playgrounds and as a result , enough money was raised for a toilet block to be built at Isha School, a primary school in the Nyamsheke district of Rwanda, which is the school established and supported by Devonshire House.
Extra – Curricular Subjects
Pre Reception and Reception children also have the opportunity to participate in Ballet and Yoga lessons which are taught by our specialist teaching staff. These take place once a week near the end of the school day.