The Reception year

The child-led ethos at Venture extends to your child's start in school too. In other words, we strongly believe in the importance of delaying the start of formal, school-based education until your child is ready and in finding the school or form of education that is best for each individual child.

Your child is welcome to stay with us at Venture for all or part of their Reception year, during which time they will continue to benefit from autonomous, play-based learning in the outdoors as well as support with the more 'formal' elements of the curriculum from a qualified Primary School Teacher.

This approach can be particularly suitable for summer born children or those who just need a little extra time to mature and become ready for a more structured environment.

Please note that by law, your child must receive full time education from the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday, either by attendance at school or by home educating. Until the term following their fifth birthday there is no legal requirement for your child to receive any form of education or attend any form of setting.



Government funding (EYF) continues until the end of term in which your child turns five, meaning your child is entitled to 15 hours (or 30 hours for those with extended entitlement) of funded education at Venture for this period.