Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Berkswich


In their early years, children develop physically, cognitively and emotionally at a faster rate than at any other time in their lives.


At Berkswich, we strive to provide a balance of child-initiated play, with focused and structured learning, to ensure that the children enjoy learning to read, write, use numbers, think math ematically, explore their world and make creations. Through exciting topics, children are given a holistic approach to learning, where their interests and experiences are built on to provide challenge and inspiration.


Children in Nursery and Reception will have access to a rich learning environment, where opportunities and conditions allow them to flourish in all aspects of their development. This includes daily access to both indoor and outdoor areas, where activities are carefully planned to excite and motivate children in their learning. For more information about the engaging learning during the early years, please visit the Nursery and Reception class web sites. These can be accessed via the links at the bottom of the page or via the 'Supporting Learning' tab on the main site.


We appreciate that all children are different and pride ourselves on being an inclusive school which is nurturing and has a clear focus on how individual children learn. Children with effective learning characteristics are:


  • willing to have a go
  • involved and concentrate
  • able to have their own ideas
  • able to choose ways to do things
  • able to find new ways of doing things
  • clearly enjoying achieving what they set out to do. ​


At the end of the Reception Class, children are expected to achieve the seventeen Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Please see below to download the Skills Map for ELG. As children move through Nursery and Reception years, we build up to these goals by working through their age-related expectations. These begin from birth and are grouped in months as follows: Birth to 11 months; 8 to 20 months; 16 to 26 months; 22 to 36 months; 30 to 50 months; and 40 to 60 months.


To read the Development Matters document, which includes the Early Learning Goals and age related expectation bands, please also click on the download button tonight. For more information about Early Years, then please look at the Foundation Years website, where there is much information, including parent forums.