Early Years

The Early Years Department (Nursery and Reception) provides a happy and stimulating environment where the emphasis is upon developing the whole child. Our dedicated and qualified staff (including specialist staff for a number of subjects – Music, PE, Drama, ICT, Mandarin and French) organise the children’s learning following the seven areas as identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Creativity & Productivity

Good, creative staffing is important in this areas as they generate the excitement and enthusiasm for learning that continues throughout the children’s education. The activities change daily, which enable the children to become inquisitive and enjoy the challenge of new and exciting learning opportunities.

During the morning sessions children are organised into appropriate groups for their learning, not age related, but ability related. These activities are carefully planned to meet the varying stages of development for the children and encourage those children that are ready to have the opportunity to develop their phonic and maths skills.



The teaching in the Early Years provides a firm foundation for future learning. Our children are encouraged to be independent learners, and they are given the responsibility to make choices within an educational context. The development of social and communication skills is paramount, and they enable each child to give a voice to their own ideas and opinions.

We make full use of our own immediate environment, including our own garden and playground, Chalkwell Park (1 minute away), the beach (4 minutes away), the local woods, the High Street and the library. The curriculum is further enhanced by visits further afield.

The children receive a thorough grounding, upon which children can rapidly progress in Literacy, Mathematics, Scientific Understanding and all other areas of the curriculum. The learning at Saint Pierre School is fun, and it is guided by the children’s own ideas and interpretation as presented in the ‘Extra Curriculum‘.

We recognise the diverse needs, interests and aspirations of each individual child, and so we do all that we can to ensure that these are catered for and developed. The children in the Early Years department are really valued members of the ‘harmonious community’ that is Saint Pierre School.

Make an Enquiry

If you would like to find out more or would like to book a visit, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.