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Welcome to Early Years!
We take children from the age of 2 and have 8 pupils in our class. The early years practitioners are teacher Joanna Ross, a Nursery Nurse, 2 full-time and 2 part-time teaching assistants. We plan with reference to the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS is how the government and early years professionals describe the time in a child’s life between birth and age 5. The EYFS framework sets out seven areas of learning and development.


There are three prime areas:

Personal, social and emotional development;
Communication and language;

Physical development.


As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in four specific areas:

Understanding the World;
Expressive arts and design.


        We plan activities according to the individual strengths and needs of our students. We work very closely with families, our therapy team and medical staff in order to support children and ensure their healthy development and future learning. Our curriculum is enriched by weekly music therapy at Nordoff-Robbins London Centre, weekly inclusion sessions with our mainstream partners on campus, and projects within our local community eg work with Spitalfields City Farm. 

About our Teacher:

During her teacher training, Joanna specialised in Early Years.  She finds the development and learning of our youngest children very exciting and it is immensely rewarding to work closely with families and other professionals to ensure best outcomes for children and families.  She first taught in mainstream nursery in Hackney, before moving into special education, working with children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Joanna joined Richard Cloudesley School as Early Years teacher in 2004.  She shares responsibility in school for work with parents and works closely with mainstream colleagues in the Children's Centre as part of our inclusion programme.


For more information please contact Joanna Ross

Parents can follow us on Twitter @cloudesleyEY