Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Reception - Mrs Cronin, Ms Villano and Mrs Smith

Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage


For all of our learners to be safe, happy, empowered individuals. 


At Thomas Jolyffe we encourage our Reception children to be:










Our EYFS team encourage and support children by:

.Providing an enabling environment in which children can develop these roles and skills

.Building positive relationships with all members of staff but especially their Key Person 

.Providing rich experiences, such as Forest School, cooking and learning from visitors we welcome in 

.Growing the vocabulary of our children through high quality interactions 

.Challenging them to move their thinking and learning on to their next step

.Providing balanced opportunities to develop through child-initiated, adult-initiated and adult-directed activities. 


Speech, Language and Communication skills are consistently promoted and staff share an agreed understanding that emotional well-being underpins good progress and success for life.


In our EYFS every child has the right to:

.thrive in our care by accessing a unique curriculum* that has been designed by our Reception team, based on a good understanding of where children are and where they need to go in order to progress and achieve.


*The term curriculum is used to describe everything children do, see, hear or feel in their setting - both planned and unplanned"  (Curriculum Guidance for the EYFS) 

Please see the below document for further information regarding our intent, implementation and impact for the EYFS. 

Cultural Capital in the EYFS

Reception staff 2023-2024

Mrs A Smith (Class RSC and Early Years Lead)

Mrs C Cronin (Class RSC) 


Ms Villano - from January 2024 (Class RV) 


Mrs K White -  Teaching Assistant in Class RSC

Mrs J Collett - Teaching Assistant in Class RV

Mrs S Chandler - Teaching Assistant across both classes

Miss Hopkins - Teaching Assistant across both crosses

Reception email: 


Email Communication Statement

As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. Urgent matters are best discussed face to face or via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible. As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.

“A child's experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances."

(EYFS Framework 2021)


"Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential."

(EYFS Framework 2021)  

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered.'