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St Joseph's Convent Preparatory School

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An Independent Prep School for Ages 3-11

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Pre-Prep & Reception

Pre-Prep & Reception Class

The Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.


The EYFS programme comprises seven areas of learning:


Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design



Early Years at St Joseph’s is divided into Pre-Prep (3 and 4 year olds) and Reception (4 and 5 year olds). The children’s learning is built around a range of interesting and engaging themes. Children benefit from spacious, well-resourced classrooms with direct access to a vast self-contained outdoor space.


Small class sizes enable staff to plan exciting activities tailored to the individual learning needs of each child. Termly trips are organised for both classes that enhance the learning of current topics.


Formal and incidental observations, marked work, group assessments and photographs are used to assess children’s learning. These observations are used to build an online profile of your child’s achievements.


At St Joseph’s, we pride ourselves on our positive relationships with parents. Each child has a Home and School Sharing Book which can be used as a diary to document the exciting learning that happens at home. Parents are invited into class on a regular basis for workshops and theme days.


Children in both Pre-Prep and Reception receive weekly French, Music, PE (including swimming) and Speech and Drama sessions taught by specialist teachers.


If you require an earlier start or later finish, we offer a Breakfast Club from 7.30am to 8.30am and After School Clubs until 6pm, providing the wraparound care you may need.

Children can join our Pre-Prep class from the term of their third birthday.  Starting school can be an anxious time for children and parents alike, which is why all children are invited to a series of settling in sessions before starting with us full time. The Pre-Prep day starts at 8:30 and finishes at 3:30. You can choose to do a mixture of sessions that best suit you, including full days, mornings (8:30-12:00) and afternoons (12:30 – 3:30). All children attending full days and mornings receive a cooked school lunch.


Children in Pre-Prep benefit from a well-planned, engaging and creative day tailored to the individual learning needs of children in the class. A day in Pre-Prep includes a good mixture of structured literacy and maths circle times and high quality self-initiated learning where the children get the chance to practise the skills taught. Throughout the course of a normal day all Pre-Prep children receive high quality teaching delivered in whole class, small group and 1:1 sessions.


Reception is a natural progression from Pre-Prep and is where the more formal learning increases. Daily phonics, literacy and maths sessions ensure the children make good progress and achieve a good level of development, when assessed against the Early Learning Goals, at the end of the year. A good balance of formal and self-initiated high quality teaching, ensures that our Reception children are well prepared for the expectations of the National Curriculum when entering Year 1.

Ofsted 2018:
Children are increasingly well prepared with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to ensure successful learning in the next stage of their education.”

“The proportion of children achieving a good level of development at the end of early years was higher than the national average in 2017, with a further increase in 2018.”


“All members of the Early Years team plan and work effectively together. They provide

engaging and stimulating activities which appeal to children’s curiosity.”


“Adults use a wide range of activities and everyday objects well to reinforce children’s understanding and to make learning purposeful.”

“Children develop effective personal skills which support their learning well. For example, they listen carefully to adults, concentrate well on activities, and persevere when tasks are tricky.”

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Contact Details 01474 533012

46 Old Road East,

Gravesend, Kent,

DA12 1NR