Early Years Programme

At Nexus, our Early Years learners spend the day in a nurturing and playful environment. Our daily timetable has been carefully designed to provide a programme to meet the needs of the whole child. 

Learners are provided with a range of different learning experiences across the day, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities. Our timetable allows for flexibility, to allow for spontaneous learning opportunities related to our learners interests. Our aim is to nurture their curiosity and support them in developing their ability to extend and deepen their own learning. 

Each learner has their own personalised learning journey which is developed on a daily basis through planned individual next steps. Parents receive regular updates on individual learning and whole class experiences, we share these through personalised online learning journals



A Day in Early Years 
Morning Job and Registration We welcome our learners into class and they begin the day by practising a skill, such as letter formation or fine motor skills.
Phonics session A 15 minute adult-led input, followed by independent application of what they have learnt.
Learners are taught the Letters and Sounds programme to support them with early reading and writing.
Snack time Learners enjoy a snack with their friends in a dedicated eating area and outdoor play area for Early Years.
Maths session A 15 minute adult-led input, followed by exploration of the taught concept.
Learners are taught following White Rose Maths for Early Years, a scheme to develop a deep understanding of number, shape and measure.
Child-initiated learning During this time, learners plan and select their own activities. Learning is constructed through the learners’ interests and play. Adults are present to guide and facilitate.
Specialist sessions Learners will be taught by a subject specialist. These sessions include; Physical Development, Swimming, Music and Library.
Focussed group learning A range of personalised learning groups, such as guided reading, guided writing and supportive/challenging interventions.
Lunch time Learners enjoy Lunch with their friends in a dedicated eating area and outdoor play area for Early Years.
IEYC or Talk for Writing session A 15 minute adult-led input related to a theme or a story, followed by ‘Discovery Time’.
Discovery Time An opportunity for independent exploration of a range of different learning experiences related to the unit theme, planned to develop all areas of the IEYC.
Tidy up and story time We aim to foster a love of reading, we always end our busy day by coming together to listen to a story.
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