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

Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

(Taken from EYFS statutory framework 2021)

A helpful starter to teaching phonics in reception


Please feel free to watch the videos below, they will help you develop an understanding of how we teach phonics in the early stages.

Here is an introduction to how your child will start their reading journey. 


What is Read Write Inc Phonics? 


Understanding Phonics 


How to say the sounds 





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