Early Years

The Early Years at Tang Hall Primary School are fun, exciting and inspire our youngest learners. We firmly believe that children learn best through an inquisitive and explorative approach: play is how they learn best. Play is serious work for our children – they challenge themselves, problem solve, work together, communicate, negotiate, develop an inquiring mind, express their ideas, imagine and most importantly laugh!

  • Children are individually supported in their learning journey by experienced and understanding adults who understand how to extend their learning opportunities through interaction and provision.
  • Our planning revolves around and focuses on the children’s needs, interests and stages of development.
  • We understand that learning should be holistic; each of the 17 areas of learning cannot be taught in isolation and we seek to provide opportunities for children to make links in their learning and understanding.
  • New concepts are presented in a context the children understand to develop their learning and move them forwards.
  • Children are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and participate in planning the next steps in their journey.

Following the children’s interests and their play means that every day is an adventure; one which evolves over time! As the children are in charge of their learning they are intrinsically motivated and show high levels of involvement. They are excited to come in to school and equally as excited to share their learning at home!


EYFS Policy

2 year old provision

We offer places in our Puffins 2 year old nursery from the term after your child turns two.

Starting terms:

Birthdays September to December – starts in January
Birthdays in April to July – starts in September
Birthdays in January to March – starts in April
Already 2 years old – starts anytime


The nursery room is for children aged between 3 and 4 years old. Your child can join us from the day of their third birthday.


Our Reception class is for children aged 4-5 years old. You will need to apply via City of York Council for a place in this class. You can arrange a pre-visit by calling 01904 806515.

Further information can be found here:


Information for Parents: How to say the sounds

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