Nursery: 2-4 years. Early Years at Mayville High School

Based in the heart of Southsea, our Nursery School provides the best possible start for your child, as they take their very first steps out of the family home on their unique journey to discovering independence. Mayville is founded upon a ‘whole child’ educational philosophy and we employ this same approach with our very youngest boys and girls.

What do we mean by this? It means that every child is valued as an individual. In the Foundation Stage, they are only just beginning to discover their unique interests and talents and they will be supported and nurtured to develop confidence of character, so they can begin to know a little about who they are. Our highly-trained staff achieve this through a careful blend of structured play, learning and specialist teaching.

Early Years at Mayville High School

Creating a solid foundation for learning

Indoor spaces are light and open and, combined with small class sizes, allow children the room to play and discover. The Nursery has its own outdoor play area, which we use throughout the year. Housed within the Junior School site, we also benefit from shared facilities, including the main hall and our playing fields in Eastney. We draw upon school resources, such as specialist teaching in P.E, Languages and Performing Arts, in order to enrich learning opportunities. Children are integrated into the life of the school, whilst regular trips in our strollers and fleet of minibuses introduce them to the wider local community.

Our Nursery is the first step into life as part of the Mayville family. Many of our parents choose for their children to continue their journey with us into the Junior School, or all the way through to 16. For those that continue their junior education elsewhere, we pride ourselves on instilling a fundamental love of learning in every child – the essential foundation for your child to achieve their own personal best.

Our small classes and caring staff enable us to build strong, trusting relationships with pupils and families and parents are actively encouraged to be involved in their children’s experiences at Mayville.

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Curriculum: Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils learn the importance of respecting each other, manners, courtesy and how to resolve conflicts amicably. There are high expectations of behaviour and a culture of rewarding good behaviour and conduct.

Pupils aged 0-5 years old are part of the Foundation Stage. There are seven areas of learning and development in the Foundation Stage curriculum that shape educational programmes in Early Years settings. 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 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 sustained future progress through school and life. There are four overarching principles;

  • every child is unique and constantly learning to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
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Mini Movers at Mayville

Miss Philpott hosts Mini Movers to Mayville. All Early Years children take part in weekly sessions, designed to promote confidence and introduce our youngest pupils to self-expression, through music and movement.
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I love Mayville, it instils manners into children and the value of respecting others. My son learnt that if you work hard and achieve, the rewards will come later; and he always wants to learn thanks to Mayville."

Parents of 3 year old, Nursery pupil

Useful information

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Behaviour and Sanctions Policy


Complaints Policy

FAQ suggestions

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Read our Early Years information booklet

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