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The organisation that I have selected to investigate is an early years service - Hamilton School.

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Function/Purpose Hamilton Primary School The organisation that I have selected to investigate is an early years service. Hamilton School have the following purpose: Hamilton Primary School Organisation Nursery Hamilton Primary School has a nursery available for children at the beginning of the term after they have become 4 years old. Places are allocated in line with the Nursery Admissions Policy. Admission to the school (nursery): Children are admitted to Hamilton Primary School at the beginning of the term during which they become five years old. At the end of reception year the children are put into three classes of mixed gender, race and ability. These children are renamed Year 1 as they enter their second academic year of school in September, Year 2 the next September and so on. The classes are banded by ability for English and Mathematics in Years 3 and 4 with the addition of Science in Years 5 and 6. In Years 5 and 6 a child is in the same ability band for all three core subjects. Key Stage Ages Building Site Reception 4-5 Priory Road Year 1 1 5-6 Hampden Road Year 2 1 6-7 Hampden Road Year 3 2 7-8 Priory Road Year 4 2 8-9 Priory Road Year 5 2 9-10 Hampden Road Year 6 2 10-11 Hampden Road Hamilton Primary School is a self-governing primary day school for children aged 4 to 11+ and was officially formed in 1974 when the new building was opened in Hampden Road. ...read more.

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c) Children with exceptional medical, social or educational needs, supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker, education welfare officer or other appropriate person. d) Other children according to the proximity of the child's house to the school by the shortest most appropriate walkable route. The distance will be measured from the front door of the child's home to the entrance to the Administration block of the Priory Road site. Once all places are allocated, children will be placed on a waiting list in priority order. Priorities are likely to change, subject to the criteria above, as new applications are made or individual circumstances change. A place in Hamilton Nursery does not automatically guarantee a place at Hamilton Primary School. Applications for school places should be made in line with the Admissions policy for places at Hamilton Primary School. A wide range of early years services are available however there are all kinds of barriers which exist and these can be physical, psychological, financial and environmental. Physical Barriers: An example of a physical barrier to access at Hamilton Nursery could be public transport, as a single parent who may have another child may find it difficult with costs. Someone who can drive to their required destination by leaving their children with parents, partner, friends or in childcare may find it a lot easier to do so. ...read more.

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The foundation stage is described as a series of stepping stones, ending in the 'Early Learning Goals', which are the goals most children are expected to achieve by the end of the reception year at school. The foundation stage is organised in six areas of learning: * Personal, social and emotional development * Communication, language and literacy * Mathematical Development * Knowledge and understanding of the world * Physical development * Creative Development How Hamilton Nursery is funded: Hamilton Nursery is in a state establishment and therefore is funded by the government. The nursery is inspected by OFSTED for educational standards. Recent years have seen many changes in the way the funding mechanisms operate and the level of autonomy that is given to local areas or departments in using the funding to provide services. Effects of recent government reforms and legislation policies: Recent Legislative changes have meant that schools can opt out from local authority control and access resources direct from central government. Schools that do not opt out still exercise more control over resources than previously as there is now a local management of schools initiative. This is generally regarded as being a positive change which has given local head teachers` and governors more say in how resources are deployed, and they can therefore tailor provision to the needs of the local population. Saba Hussain 12a Health & Social Care Unit 5: Early Years Service ...read more.

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