Home Page

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Ormskirk Church of England Primary School and Acorns Nursery, we strive to ensure the development of ‘sound foundations’ in the early years. 

We have a passion for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning as outlined in the EYFS statutory guidance.  We provide a nurturing, caring and fun environment for your child to develop. 

We work in partnership with parents in order to provide the most effective learning opportunities for your unique child.  We aim to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment where positive relationships are key.  We continually consider equal opportunities for all of our children and families.

The EYFS is broken down into 7 areas of learning and the staff plan opportunities through a combination of ‘in the moment’ planning, continuous provision, child led, child led supported and adult led activities.  The areas of learning are as follows:


Prime Areas (from birth to 3 years old)

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


Specific Areas (in addition to the prime areas for children aged 3-5 years old)

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


How is our setting organised?


EYFS LEADER:  Suzanne Cocks


We have provision for children from 6 months old to 5 years old within our EYFS.

Acorns Nursery is a spacious and secure environment where children have access to the outdoors.


*When confirming a start date within our nursery we ask for a reservation deposit.  This will be one full month worth of sessions ahead of time.  If you reduce sessions prior to the start date, you will lose that amount from your deposit.*


Reception has 2 classes who are located in a large area with lots of shared spaces both in and outside.


We have 4 age bands which are as follows:






Other information


Baby Room





6months-2 years old


N.B.  Children transition to Little Acorns the term after they turn 2.



Key Workers:

Michelle Currie -  Room Leaders

Bev Climpson

Sarah Langton



*Please see the provision packages available within Acorns Nursery by clicking the ‘Acorns Nursery Link below*


Application for Government funding is available for some 2 year olds and all 3 year olds.


30 hour funding is available (limited spaces for those families eligible).


Nursery Welfare – Marie Bowman




Little Acorns



2-3 years old


Key Workers:

Alison Barklem – Room Leader

Rebecca Henry

Jo Booth

Clare Swift






3-4 years old


Key Workers:

Ceri Sholl – Room Leader and Acorns Nursery Deputy

Rachel McBride

Jade Simpson

Antonia Neill


Reception classes



4-5 years old


Miss Cocks – Class Teacher and EYFS Leader

Mrs Reeves – Class Teacher

Mrs Heaven - Class Teacher

Mrs Moore -TA

Miss Riding - TA

Miss Towersey - TA


Across all phases of our EYFS setting, the key workers assess, plan and review your child’s progress on a daily basis to ensure that individual needs are catered for and each child’s learning and development is personalised and next steps identified.   Frequent opportunities for the sharing of this information with families is available through various methods i.e. home-school communication books; daily chats; parents evenings and the use of Tapestry.

Within EYFS, we aim to build sound foundations for all of our children.  We have a responsive curriculum which supports the characteristics of effective learning giving opportunities for children to develop a sense of awe and wonder, by building on children’s learning and interests.  We want our children to be inspired, aim high, achieve and shine as unique individuals.

For an overview of our staff please refer back to the EYFS section of the website.

We offer a range of options for each age phase within Acorns Nursery.  Please click the link below to view the available packages.  Please do contact us with any queries you have and we will happily arrange a visit to our setting.

Other Information:




Please use the links below to access some videos to help you when supporting your child with phonics.  They have been produced by Miss Cocks, Mrs Reeves and Mrs McBride. It also features illustrations and information from our chosen phonics scheme, Supersonic Phonic Friends:


Parent Phonics Presentation

Guidance for parents on supporting their child's phonics learning.

Reception Phonics 2 -Blending

Uploaded by Ormskirk CE Primary School on 2020-10-22.

Reception Phonics 3 -Segmenting

Uploaded by Ormskirk CE Primary School on 2020-10-22.

How to articulate the sounds - Basics 2

The Spellings for the Sounds ~ The Basics 2 Come and watch our Phonic friends from Clarendon Road Primary School pronounce sounds clearly and precisely!

How to articulate the sounds - Basics 3

Uploaded by Supersonic Phonic Friends on 2021-09-23.