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Early Years

Early Years at Joseph Hood


At Joseph Hood we aim to open the door to life long learning by providing a happy, secure and inspiring early years learning environment, which ultimately builds the foundations for future education, skills and resilience for life. Our unit supports children to: develop confidence to ask questions, explore and investigate their world through first-hand experiences; and think creatively and imaginatively through the provision of open-ended practical resources.


If we open their eyes we will open their minds.


We value our partnerships with parents, knowing this enables us to develop a holistic view of each individual child. This has been enriched by the use of ‘Parent Share’, an effective platform through which our observations in school and home can be shared with each other.


Our Learning Environment


Here are some slideshows of our stimulating and challenging learning environments, which nurture learning through play.  We embrace outdoor learning; this is reflected in the opportunities we provide for self initiated play across the 7 Areas of Learning.

Nursery Classroom

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Click on the images above to have a look around our Outdoor Learning Area and inside our Nursery Classroom
A Day in The Life…


‘A Day in the Life of Nursery’ and ‘A Day in the Life of Reception’ illustrates the structure of the day, which underpins learning and the opportunities for the children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills.
Click on the photos below to find out what our children get up to during their school day.



Our Activities
We are committed to being reflective practitioners who systematically observe and plan for children’s individual developmental needs. Below are some examples of the activities our children take part in. 
In Nursery we have introduced ‘Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle’, initiated by Shonette Bason-Wood, to promote the development of children’s motor skills. Watch these videos to see it in action!


‘Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle’

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‘Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle’

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Find Out More
This website contains a wealth of information about our school and our Early Years. Have a look in the Learning section on the top menu bar to find out more about phonics, our current topics, some useful resources and lots more.
Come and visit us
A visit to the school is the only way to really appreciate what is so special about us. Please contact our office to arrange a tour.