Early Years

‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.’

(Early Years Foundation Stage Profile - Department for Children, Schools and Families 2012)

At Great Denham Primary School we welcome children into our Pre-School from the September after they turn 3 and then into Reception in the September after they turn 4.

Parents are a very important part of our Early Years department and are encouraged to become fully involved in their child's learning and development. They receive regular observations of their child, attend stay and play sessions as well as supporting trips, art days, performances and fabulous finishes.

Great Denham is an inclusive school where we inspire and empower our children to learn!

Our Early Years department is a safe, secure and engaging environment, where all children are supported and challenged to achieve their full potential, regardless of their starting point. We work closely with parents and other professionals to ensure that we support each child in their own next steps.

We provide immersive, engaging environments, where children can freely access their own resources both indoors and outdoors. Child-led learning is at the heart of our Early Years department. We believe that when children are leading their own enquiry and exploration, they will be highly engaged and motivated and this will lead to high levels of learning.

Through a mixture of high-quality basic skills teaching and well supported child-led learning, children are encouraged to become independent learners, to take risks and challenge themselves. We provide highly qualified staff that can sensitively support and challenge each child in their own learning.

We believe that all children should be able to access a rich, engaging, purposeful curriculum that allows children to develop academically, socially and emotionally. The children are exposed to inspirational visitors and real life experiences in order to expand their knowledge, skills and aspirations. This curriculum and way of learning then continues to be supported throughout the rest of Great Denham Primary School, allowing for a smooth transition to Year 1 and beyond.

Inspire, explore, challenge and achieve!