The Early Years Provision at Ribbon Academy uniquely combines a 78-place nursery, a 90-place reception setting and a 63 place Childcare provider (Ribbon Day Care).
Children access education and childcare within one unique Early Years provision, delivering a bespoke Early Years curriculum, which aims to meet the needs and wants of all learners.
The Early Years Provision is a magical place for young children to learn and explore. Areas of learning have been carefully designed to ensure children are exposed to activities and experiences that facilitate learning across all seven areas of learning and development outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
The Early Years team consists of school Practitioners and day-care Practitioners, who work closely together to ensure seamless provision for all children, accessing varying combinations of education and childcare.
Early Years Practitioners are ‘partners in learning’ supporting children as they engage in a balance of adult led and child led activities. Phonics, literacy and maths skills are taught through discrete teaching sessions as well as weaving through contextual play-based learning across the day.
Ribbon Early Years gives children the best possible start and builds the foundations for future learning.
‘Ribbon monitor the progress and well-being of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities carefully. Expectations for these pupils are high. As a result, they make generally good progress from their starting points.’
‘Children settle well when they enter Ribbon Early Years, communication between home and school is good.’
‘Pupils are taking more responsibility for their own learning as they move through Key Stage 1.’
‘Staff and the governing body take safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. There is a culture of safeguarding at the school.’
‘School and staff should be commended for their quick shift and quality of what’s being communicated with the children.’
‘School are there when needed whether it’s for support or a chat. They are constantly checking how kids are getting on.’
‘The teaching of phonics is a strength.’
‘Children get off to a flying start at school. They are happy and safe and increasingly independent, and
yet aware of others.’
‘There is clear evidence that you and your staff’s ongoing work to improve the depth of pupils’ mathematical understanding across the school is working.’
‘The quality of teaching across all subjects continues to improve.’
‘All support and communication is brilliant’
‘We are so grateful to all the effort the teachers are putting in.’
‘Ribbon are doing a fantastic job.’
‘Disadvantaged and most-able children are making particularly good
‘The governing body knows the school and the local community very well.’
‘My son loves the interaction with his teachers. Thank you all so very much for your hard work and dedication.’
‘The learning environment, both inside and out, is stimulating and attractive. Staff are skilled in ensuring that children develop their independence as learners who enjoy exploring the world.’
‘Early Years leaders and staff are expert in using their knowledge of what children can and cannot yet do to sharpen their planning and focus their teaching.’
confident that their children are happy, safe and well taught.’
‘Communication systems between classroom and
additional support staff are good and mean that these pupils have access to the
full range of the curriculum suited to their needs.’