Early Years Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Volynchook



Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS - Nursery & Reception) at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School

A very warm welcome to our school community. Nursery is where most of our children begin their journey and join our school community but we do welcome children into our Reception class who have not attended our Nursery class.

We would like to introduce our team:  

Mrs Volynchook - Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for EYFS, Religious Education (R.E), Collective Worship and Relationship, Sex & Health Education (R.S.H.E). Mrs Volynchook is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.

Miss Proudlove

Mrs Williams - Level 3 Teaching Assistant, First Aider and ELKLAN trained.

Miss Ryan - Level 2 Teaching Assistant and First Aider.

Our lunchtime leader is Miss Ryan.



In EYFS we learn how to learn! Our time in EYFS is so important, this time will help us to build skills that we need throughout our education and into our lives as adults.

Attending every day and being in school on time will help us to become the very best learners that we can be! Sometimes our learning might get a little bit messy. The adults working with us will always try to makesure that we put on aprons/protective clothes to suit the activity that we are completing. It is very important that all pieces of clothing and shoes are marked clearly with your child's name. It is much easier to reunite lost clothing with an owner if it has a name in it. 

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In Reception, we will be continuing the experiences the children have had in Nursery and developing their independence even further. During this year, the children will experience; visiting the local community, going on a school trip, taking part in PE sessions and getting to know one and other.

Whilst the children are encouraged to look after their belongings, sometimes bits and pieces go missing.  If they are clearly labelled, we can return them to their rightful owners.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to pop in and have a chat.

Key EYFS Information

  • PE day will be confirmed in September - PE kit should be sent into school at the start of each half term and will be sent home to be washed at the end of each half term.


  • Water bottles should be brought in to school daily. This should contain water only (no juice). 


  • Book bags will be given to all children. These should be brought into school on Tuesday and will be sent home on Thursday.


  •  All children should bring a pair of wellies they can leave in school for outdoor activities and they can change into these at school. 


  • Activity money will be collected each half term and is £5. This is to provide the children with opportunities such as baking, playdough etc.


EYFS Weekly Awards

Children can earn stickers and dojos throughout the day in Reception and on a Friday we have some special awards that will be announced on our Class Dojo page. These awards are:

Pupil of the week

Footsteps award - a child who has shown they are following in the footsteps of the teachings of Jesus.

SCORE awards - Self Esteem, Commitment, Organisation, Resilience and Excellence.

These are our school Core values and these values are personal skills and attributes that we encourage all children to work on and develop during their time with us here at St. Anne's. All members of our school community are welcomed, valued and loved and we aim to support every member, whether a child or an adult to be the best version of themselves.


This will be set weekly on Class Dojo and may include visiting the Purple Mash website, or other learning platforms such as Read, Write, Inc. Your child will be given login details for these - please keep them safe. In the event you misplace them, please speak to us or send a message on Dojo and we can reprint them. To access the school log in page for Purple Mash please click the logo below.

Ways to Support Your Child

The best thing you can do to help your child at this early stage of their education is talk, talk and then talk some more! Talking is the key to learning, it helps our children not only communicate with others but develops so many key skills needed for life long learning. In the documents section at the bottom of this page, you will find some guidance from the 'I Can' charity as to what typical speech and language milestones are and how you can support your child.


The Communication Trust http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk have developed some resources for families at home to support speech and language development using the CBeebies TV programme, Raa Raa the noisy lion. Click the image below to be taken to the web page. PDF guidance can also be found at the bottom of this page.

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St Anne's Catholic Primary School
Monastery Lane, Sutton, St Helens Merseyside WA9 3SP