Early years

Early Years Education

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quikly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in it’s own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

Fal Class

At Constantine School foundation stage children enter Fal class where they learn according to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children help to plan the learning often with links to whole school planning. The children have access to the outdoors every day and are motivated by the active and play based learning.

Progress is monitored according to the Foundation Stage Profile and reported to parents regularly through parent/ teacher meetings. Fal Class actively encourages parental involvement in activities such as reading and trips and staff are available to speak to parents daily.

Four guiding principles shape practice in Fal Class. These are:

  • 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 an enabling environment, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The  education and care of all children in early years provision is paramount, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


Before entry to the school in September children will have opportunities to visit Fal class on a regular basis to become familiar with the new staff and surroundings and parents will have meetings to familiarise them with the procedures. Please see the Early Years Policy (at bottom of page) for more details.

Constantine School maintains strong links to Constantine Pre-school which shares a site, so children who attend the pre-school are familiar with the staff and setting on entering school.

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