Welcome to our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit

We would like to welcome you to our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We welcome children from the term that they turn three years old.
We offer a wealth of opportunities facilitated by our five full-time members of staff and supported by our Outdoor Learning Specialist and Specialist Sports Assistant.
Our Early Years Team incorporates both Nursery children and Reception children within the same neutral and inviting learning environment. We aim to provide high quality experiences with a focus on promoting independence and problem solving and ensure learning experiences which enable children to develop enquiring minds and to become successful learners within a safe, happy and stimulating environment, both indoors and out. We recognise that young children prefer to learn outdoors and place great emphasis on our outdoor learning. Using the environment to support learning outdoors is one of our fundamental beliefs and is well recognised in helping develop strong, independent learners and thinkers. To support this belief, we have a fully qualified forest school instructor on site to ensure that children have the highest quality learning experiences both on the school site and beyond on our ‘into nature’ days.
We aim to provide the best Early Years education, in partnership with parents, carers, Governors and the wider community, to ensure that every individual child enjoys education and reaches their full potential. We strive to involve parents at all levels, recognising the huge benefits that a shared partnership brings to each child’s early life experience.  All children in the EYFS are encouraged to support one another and help build on each other’s strengths. The cooperative learning is wonderful to see!
 
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Miss Louise Whitfield

EYFS Lead/Pre-School Teacher

l.whitfield100@durhamlearning.net

Hello and welcome to EYFS. My name is Louise Whitfield and I graduated twenty years ago from the University of Sunderland with a BA(hons) in Primary Education.
I have been working at King Street Primary and Pre-School for over ten years and have worked in lots of different year groups during my time here, but I love my current role and can't imagine being any where else!
I consider myself very lucky to work with all of the amazing children who enter our doors every day.
I live in Spennymoor with my little boy and I have a LOT of pets. I have five rescue cats, two fish and two tortoises.
I enjoy reading, shopping and singing.

Miss Rebecca Simpson

Reception Class Teacher

r.simpson300@durhamlearning.net

Hello, my name is Rebecca Simpson and I am the Reception Teacher at King Street. I graduated in 2016 with a BA Hons in Early Childhood from the University of Teesside. I then completed my teacher training with the outstanding teacher training provider High Force Education and graduated again in 2017 with a PGCE in Primary Education.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage, this will be my second year teaching Reception children. Before I began my teaching career I worked in a private day nursery for 5 years. I look forward to supporting children on their learning journey and watching them make excellent progress.

Miss Sam Brown

Early Years Practitioner

S.brown300@durhamlearning.net

Hello, my name is Sam Brown and I qualified with an Childhood Studies degree back in 2009, and I have experience working in Early Years for nearly 10 years now. I joined King Street Primary and Pre-School in 2015 working as a Teaching Assistant and Managing our Day Care After School Club. I currently work within our new Early Years unit I love working with our children and helping them develop on their learning journey. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, going shopping and going camping.

Mrs Fiona Scott

Early Years Practitioner

Hello, my name is Fiona Scott and I have experience working in Early Years for nearly 8 years now. I joined King Street Primary and Pre-School in 2015 working as a Teaching Assistant and working in our Day Care After School Club. I currently work within our new Early Years unit in Pre-School. I enjoy working with children and helping them learn through play. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, going shopping and walking my dog.

Miss Kate Starkie

Early Years Practitioner

Hello, my name is Kate Starkie and I qualified around 15 years ago and started off my career by working in a private nursery. I have worked in King Street for a lot of years now and after working in many year groups, I recently joined the new Early Years Unit. I am manager of our award winning Breakfast Club. I love working with our children and seeing them grow. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, going shopping and having days out at the seaside.

Mr Neil Slater

Outdoor Specialist

Hello! My name is Neil and I am a member of the Real Adventure Through Sport team. I provide Forest School sessions throughout our Early Years Unit.

Mr Paul Swift

Specialist sports assistant

Nigel

Tortoise

My role at King Street EYFS Unit is to welcome the children. I love listening to stories whilst I lie under my heat lamp. I am very nosey and like to see what is going on in the classroom. I enjoy warm baths, dandelions and sleeping! I am a Hermann Tortoise and I am 3 years old.

T. 01388 816 078
E. kingstreet@durhamlearning.net