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You can access key information on the Nursery and Reception Class Pages by clicking the links below:

Norman Pannell Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years department at Norman Pannell is made up of 2 classes: Nursery and Reception.  We have a great team of adults who work very hard to ensure that children get the very best start to their education - academically, personally and socially.


The Early Years are an extremely important part of your child's journey into education. Through purposeful play, adult input and objective led planning, your child will learn key skills that will enable them to become independent learners and develop a love of learning. 


In Nursery and Reception our curriculum is designed to: 

  • Recognise children's prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home
  • Provide first hand learning experiences
  • Ensure quality interactions with adults
  • Provide a language rich environment 
  • Inspire a lifelong love of learning


Across our EYFS we refer to the Development Matters (2021) document to implement the statutory requirements as stated in the Early Years Statutory Framework (2021). This framework specifies the requirements for learning and development in the EYFS.


Your child will learn new skills, acquire knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development which form the EYFS curriculum.


Children should mostly develop in the 3 Prime areas  first:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development


These prime areas are the most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the Prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 Specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design.


There are 3 Characteristics of effective learning that we follow, which are:

  • playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go.’
  • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


Our large open-plan Early Years space allows the two classes to be taught separately, but with a close, caring relationship between children and staff.  We have a wonderful, large outdoor area which is shared by both classes.


For further information, please see the below guide:

Early Years Foundation Stage Team

The Early Years department is led by Mrs Todhunter, who teaches the Nursery Class and is the team leader for the EYFS department.  The full team consists of:


Mrs Todhunter (Nursery Teacher / Early Years Lead / SENCO)

Miss Shaw (Reception Teacher)

Miss Rita (Nursery Teaching Assistant)

Miss Jade (Reception Teaching Assistant)

Miss Shelly (Reception 1:1)

Miss Amy (Reception 1:1)


If you have any questions about Early Years provision, or would like a tour, please arrange an appointment to see Mrs Todhunter or Mr Simpson.

Twitter Pages


Click the links below to access the Nursery and Reception class Twitter pages which are regularly updated with pictures and information of the wonderful learning that takes place in our Early Years:

Flexible 30-hour FREE Nursery Provision for working parents at Norman Pannell.


Please call the school to arrange a meeting and tour of the provision with Mr. Simpson (Headteacher) and Mrs Todhunter (EYFS Lead).


Together, we will provide a high quality, flexible 30-hour Nursery provision solution to suit as many different working parents as possible, all year round.