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Early Years - Nursery and Willow

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) starts when children begin in Willow or Nursery and continues to the end of Reception. It is a hugely important stage of a child’s education. Children’s brains are developing rapidly and a high quality Early Years education plays a vital role in helping children to learn and develop – mentally, emotionally, socially and academically.

Children have a natural desire to explore, communicate, create and learn. Play engages children’s bodies, minds and emotions. In playing children can learn to interact with others and be part of a community, to experience and manage feelings, and to be in control and confident about themselves and their abilities.

At Chapel End Early Years, we strive to ensure children feel safe and confident so they can explore and play and he Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed through our Willow, Nursery and Reception provision. 

Our Nursery unit is based on our Early Years site. This facilitates continuity and progression through the whole of the Foundation Stage. The unit is large and bright and the outside area offers many opportunities for physical and imaginative play.

We are a toothfriendly nursery and have been awarded our silver certificate for our commitment to improving the oral health of children in London.

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Interested in a Nursery place?

If you are interested in a place in our Nursery provision please complete and return to form below.

Applications should be sent to: nurseryenquiries@chapelend-inf.waltham.sch.uk 

Please note that completion of the application form does not mean that you have secured a place at the nursery.

Celebration of learning


The audio file above is to be played alongside the Autumn 2 Celebration of learning. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Reading with your child

Stories read by the Chapel End team


Sharing a book with a child is fun! It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

If you’re not feeling confident about reading aloud or sharing books, don’t worry – there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you’d like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you out. Click here for further details.


At Barefoot Books, our mission is to share stories, connect families and inspire children. We empower passionate individuals, whom we call Ambassadors, to build their own businesses selling our wide selection of books, songs, puzzles, games and gifts. We believe in the power of storytelling, and we invite you to become part of our story. Click here to listen to some stories

Fun with Mathematics

Did you know that children with good numeracy skills are more likely to earn more, stay in education longer and have more chance of actually being in work when they grow up?

Children are born with an innate mathematical ability and research has shown that parents have a massive effect on how this develops. Even if you feel you aren’t good at maths, there are things you can do with your child now that will make a big difference to their ability. Click here for more details.

Building Bright Futures

Professional early learning and child development advice for you and your family. Click here for futher details.

Building bright futures(3)

Pacey - Resources for parents

Are you a parent using childcare? Working in partnership with your childcare provider is the very best way to help your child get the most out of their time in nursery or with a childminder. To help you make the most of your relationship, we've put together a range of factsheets, videos, activities and guides to help you work with your childcarer and help to extend your child's learning environment. Click here for further details.


Oral health

Here are some oral health promotion resources we have found useful for parents, adults with special needs and their carers, and professionals. Click on the links below for further details.

If you cannot find an NHS dentist accepting patients, you can call NHS England on : 0300 311 2233

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