Ewell Castle School, Church Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AW
Senior School: 020 8393 1413
Preparatory School: 020 8394 3579

Ewell Castle School

Nursery and Early Years


Our site at Chessington Lodge in Spring Street, houses our youngest pupils. We have a beautiful new Nursery that was opened in September 2013 to accompany our listed building where Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils are based.  Children can attend Nursery from the term in which they become three, providing that they are fully toilet-trained. They start as ‘Caterpillars’, our younger group and progress to being a ‘Butterfly’ before starting in Reception.



Children in Reception have the ground floor of the main Pre-pre School building to themselves. They are familiar with this setting before transferring from Nursery and are gradually introduced to a more formal start to the school day, such as  saying goodbye to parents in the playground. Children in Reception gradually build up their activities during the year ready for the more formal timetable in Year 1. The curriculum at the Early Years Foundation Stage consists of the seven areas of learning as defined in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which dovetail into a more subject led timetable. These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

By the end of Reception, most children achieve their learning goals and all children fulfil their potential.  We have adopted certain learning themes per half term and the children become familiar with these and therefore develop an understanding of the necessary disciplines which will help them to become successful learners.

Autumn 1st half term Concentration and Perseverance
  2nd half term Co-Operation and Collaboration
Spring 1st half term Courage and Self-Belief
  2nd half term Independence and Initiative
Summer 1st half term Responsibility
  2nd half term Risk-Taking