Partnership with
Ightham School

Ightham Primary School

With our close links to Ightham School, all Pre-School children who are due to leave SKIPS and start Ightham School in the autumn term are invited to attend the Reception Class one morning per week during the Summer Term. They are escorted by a member of SKIPS staff for these sessions.

SKIPS Policies and procedures are reviewed on a regular basis and are available upon request from the nursery. All our policies meet the Early Years Statutory Framework.


At SKIPS we firmly believe in learning through play. The children have the opportunity for both free choice and planned activities both indoors and outdoors.

Our daily programme of activities includes painting; playdough; construction; water play; pre-reading, pre-writing, basic mathematical concepts, music and movement, story telling and group discussion. We also show respectful awareness and celebrate many multicultural festivals including Chinese New Year, Easter, Diwali, Christmas and Hannukah. The staff have a very good understanding of how children develop and learn, engaging with them to be fully involved in extending their learning and understanding of the world around us.

Through observations staff use assessments to plan and appropriate activities to suit every child's needs.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers children from birth to the age of five. Most children are expected to achieve the "Early Learning Goals" by the end of it. The Early Years Foundation Stage continues until the end of the Reception year in mainstream school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2014 >>

The overarching aim of the Early Years Foundation Stage is to help young children achieve the five outcomes of the Every Child Matters Framework by setting standards, providing equality of opportunity, creating a framework for partnership working, improving quality and consistency, and laying secure foundation for future learning.

The 5 outcomes of Every Child Matters are:

• Being Healthy – enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle
• Staying Safe – being protected from harm and neglect
• Enjoying and achieving - getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood
• Making a positive contribution – being involved in the community and society and not engaging in anti social or offending behaviour
• Economic well-being – not being prevented by economic disadvantage from achieving their full potential