Learning Through Discovery - Gateways School

NEXT STEPS Early Years Ages 3-5

Why the Gatehouse?

With unlimited use of the whole school facilities and mature staff who understand and appreciate the needs of two year olds through their own time and experience as parents, the children simply could not be better provided for or looked after.

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Learning Through Discovery

Settling in to the Gatehouse

The social and emotional development of your child is of the utmost importance to us so settling him or her into the nursery routine is our first priority. Prior to starting in the Gatehouse your child will be invited in for a minimum of two settling in sessions to help familiarise them with their new surroundings, friends and practitioners.

Learning & Curriculum

Learning through discovery is the key focus of the Gatehouse Nursery. The use of space, resources and activities are designed so that your child will stumble from one learning opportunity to another without even realising that they are learning.

Age appropriate activities and experiences encourage the development and confidence of the youngest members of our school community within a safe and nurturing environment. Learning opportunities take place both indoors and outdoors where maximum use is made of the 22 acres of greenery which make up the grounds of Gateways.

Pupils are taught according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, which focuses broadly on three prime areas of learning:

  1.  Personal, emotional and social development
  2.  Communication and language
  3.  Physical skills

These three areas are given high priority in the Gatehouse. Sharing, taking turns, forming friendships and becoming independent are fostered and developed. Extending vocabulary, listening and attention skills are promoted through playful activities and interactions. Challenging physical opportunities are offered to encourage and develop skills.

Progress Reviews and working with parents

We are committed to promoting parent partnerships in order to embrace opportunities for practitioners and parents to work together to promote learning and development. Staff are available on a daily basis to talk with you about your child and a progress review is sent home each term. Once your child has settled into the nursery staff will undertake a Progress Check at Age Two according to the learning and development requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which state that:

“When a child is aged between two and three, practitioners must review their progress, and provide parents and/or carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas. This progress check must identify the child’s strengths, and any areas where the child’s progress is less than expected” (Section 2.3, 2014).

This report is shared with parents.

A Day in the life of ...

Dale in Nursery


Mummy drops me off at the Gatehouse Nursery where I am greeted by my Key Practitioner Mrs Drake. I hang up my coat and bag, Mrs Drake helps me if I ask her to. I post the hand with my name on it in the postbox to let everyone know that I have arrived.


This is creative time. At the moment we are making Father's Day cards. We use our hands and the paint to make a crab shape for the front of the card.


My favourite time of day - lunch time! We put our aprons on and then hold onto the rings on the walkerdile, ready to walk to lunch. We eat our lunch in the main school Dining Room.


After lunch, most days I have a nap. I take Black Sheep and Brown Monkey with me as I always sleep with them.


Every day we go for a Toddle Waddle around the grounds. We explore nature and look at how the seasons change. Today we are looking for creepy crawlies.


We have story time before Mummy comes to pick me up. Mrs Drake always tells her what I have done and what I have eaten and how good I have been!

What's happening in the Gatehouse Nursery?


7th April 2022

Cherryvine – Spring 22...

Below is a link to our latest issue of Cherryvine, our termly publication.  In this issue, we look at the trips and events from the Spring term, with a round up of...

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17th December 2021

Cherryvine – Autumn 21...

Below is a link to our latest issue of Cherryvine, our termly publication.  In this issue, we look at the trips and events from the Autumn term, with a round up of...

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22nd February 2021

Gateways Early Years lands...

Our Early Years department recently made it into the National Finals for ‘Best Early Years In School’ in the annual Nursery World Awards for the second year running. This means that Gateways...

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