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Early Years Foundation Stage

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at The Ridgeway Primary.
If you are a prospective parent whose child is eligible to start Reception in September 2021 and you would like to find out about our school, please scroll down to the "Reception" part of this page.
At the Ridgeway Primary, The Early Years Foundation Stage consists of Nursery and Reception.
Here is our EYFS policy:



Our school has a Nursery class which is currently offering a morning session.  Our Nursery class has part-time spaces for 26 children and if spaces are available, children can start the term after their third birthday. If you would like to apply for a Nursery place, you can do this once your child is two years old.  Application forms are available from the school office at or by telephoning 0118 9375530 or by downloading from the link below.


Please see the Nursery admissions policy below to see how places are allocated if we are over-subscribed.


If you would like to apply for a Nursery place, please download the form below.  You can either print it and post it to school, or complete it electronically and return by email to the school office.


Postal Address:

The Ridgeway Primary School






Application form for a Nursery place


Our Reception cohort is made up of two classes of up to 30 children.  Find out more about Reception by selecting the links below.  Children are offered a Reception place in the school year that they will turn five.  Admissions to Reception are managed via Reading Borough Council.  You can find out more about the application process by visiting   (click the link below)


If you have any questions about EYFS at The Ridgeway Primary, please email the EYFS leader Jackie Arslett at 

 Reception intake for September 2021 

Admission to Reception , September 2021

If your child turns 4 years old before 1st September 2021, they will be eligible to begin Reception next September.


Application packs are given out at all Nurseries during November, but are also available from Reading Borough Council. (see Brighter Horizons web page above). The closing date for applications is 15th January 2021.


We would usually be offering tours of our school to prospective parents or carers during this Autumn term.  However, due to the current COVID situation we are sadly now unable to allow visitors the school site.


We have added some useful information below so that you can hopefully gain some insight into our amazing Reception year at The Ridgeway.


If you have any questions please email Mrs Arslett (our EYFS leader) on Mrs Arslett is happy to arrange a telephone conversation and is available for this on Wednesday mornings by prior arrangement.  Please email or phone the school office 0118 9375530 to arrange this.

How will my child learn in Reception?

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Come and see what we do in Reception at The Ridgeway!

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Pupil/parent/carer vehicle access 08.30am and 2.50pm; families with surnames A - G and pupils in The Glade and The Orchard 08.40am and 3.00pm; families with surnames H - O 08.50am and 3.10pm; families with surnames P - Z 09.00am and 3.20pm. Please arrive promptly at your allocated time - many thanks.
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