Foundation Stage Unit

Pre-school & Reception Children


Welcome to the Foundation Stage Unit (FSU) at Tipton St John Church of England Primary School. A working party made up of members of the previous pre-school committee, parents, school governors and staff, as well as early years education advisors at Devon County Council enabled the creation of our FSU in April 2015.


About the FSU

At Tipton St John FSU, children of pre-school age (FS1) and school reception age (FS2) learn and play together sharing our well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas. The caring and experienced team endeavour to build on children’s strengths, interests and experiences by providing a stimulating and relevant curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). As a church school, Christian values are central to our ethos and the children learn to value themselves and others in a happy, supportive and safe environment.

We recognise that children join the FSU with a wealth of experiences and skills that have been nurtured by their families. That is why a partnership between home and school is very important to us, and it is our aim to work closely with parents and carers to ensure the best outcome for all of the children in the FSU.


The FSU team

Mrs Naomi Garrick – Early Years Teacher

Mrs Jenny Bolton – Early Years Teacher

Miss Lauren Taylor – Level 3 Foundation Stage Practitioner

Miss Annette Fennell – Teaching Assistant

All of the above have up-to-date training in Paediatric First Aid.


Opening Times & Visits

The FSU is open every school day from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Please see our brochure for further information. If you are interested in a place for your child or if you would like to come and visit, then please contact our School Office:

Telephone    01404 812943



Useful Information

FSU Planning documents

Tipton FSU brochure February 2017

Tipton St John FSU Application Form

Policy on Admission to Tipton St John FSU October 2015

EYFS Parents Guide

EYFS – What to Expect When

Lighting Up Young Brains



Early Years Funding

Childcare Choices

Tax Free Childcare: April 2017

30 Hours Free Childcare Sept 2017

Factsheet – Paying for Childcare

Factsheet – Tax Credits

Factsheet – Employer Childcare Vouchers

Factsheet – Applying for Early Years Entitlement