Nursery and Reception

At The Walled Garden and throughout Sandroyd our aim is to nurture, care for and develop the potential of each child, encouraging them to delight in discovery, experience the joy of learning as well as celebrate their own increasing knowledge.

Our strong sense of family carries through the school and all of our children have opportunities to work alongside, play with and get to know other children throughout the school.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of our Nursery Class and our Reception Class in adjoined purpose built classrooms within our architect designed building. This allows for the classes to be separated during specific learning tasks as well as providing opportunities to join together to share learning experiences and social times.

Our highly skilled and trained staff members provide wonderful activities tailored to meet the needs of each individual as well as on the development of key learning skills. This is implemented through interaction with real experiences, ensuring that children have the competencies and knowledge they need to succeed. In our happy, nurturing environment the children benefit, not only from sessions with specialist teachers, but also from the extensive grounds and facilities at Sandroyd, allowing for regular welly walks, nature rambles, wildlife observation, gardening, swimming, gymnastics and theatrical performances.

Opening hours

During term time the children benefit from a wide curriculum and a structured timetable of play based learning activities. The school day for the EYFS runs from 8:30am until 3:45pm. This can be split into two sessions for our Nursery children; the morning session runs from 8:30am – 12:30pm and includes a snack time of fruit / vegetables and milk as well as a freshly prepared hot meal by the chef for Sandroyd. The afternoon session begins at 12:30pm and runs until 3:45pm. This allows flexibility for those not quite ready for a full day at school yet. Our Reception children can benefit from a selection of additional after school activities if required.


The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation stage consists of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas. The Three Prime Areas are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The Four Specific Areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

As well as the provision of a wide range of carefully planned activities to ensure excellent progress in all these curriculum areas, the provision at The Walled Garden includes sessions in French, music, outdoor learning, cookery, swimming, gymnastics and sports. The timetable for these sessions are published in advance so that parents can select the appropriate sessions for their children to participate in their chosen additional subjects.