We focus on learning through play and follow the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for 0-5 year olds. Play is an essential part of being a child and learning comes through experimenting and exploring the world around us. Most children play spontaneously, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. At this age, children are developing their social skills, learning how to interact with others and are developing friendships. We aim to guide and nurture each individual child’s unique development.
Every day is carefully planned to ensure each child receives the best learning opportunities – they are free to have fun exploring a wide variety of resources at their own pace as well as joining in with organised small group activities. In our popular weekly 'Show and Tell', each child can bring a special item from home and tell the group about it. This builds all-important confidence as well as speaking and listening skills which are important in the transition to school. As an introduction to phonics, our fun ‘Letter & Sound’ activities encourage children to hear and recognise sounds and to develop a love of stories and books.
Key person Each child is allocated a member of staff as their 'Key Person' who, in conjunction with other staff, supports that child in their play, introduces vocabulary, demonstrates skills and plans suitable learning opportunities based on the child’s interests. The Key Person is the main contact and builds strong, trusting relationships with the child and their family. For this reason we try to ensure that a Key Person will be available to support any siblings that may also attend the Pre-School.
Special activities From time to time, we will have special days to celebrate, for example, Diwali, Chinese New Year, etc. The children dress up, make decorations, cook and try different foods and everyone has lots of fun. We also join in with activities to support other charities such as Barnado's Big Toddle, Children in Need and Comic Relief.
Outings We organise outdoor excursions, for example, to the duck pond, the woods, the local library, Harlow Carr Gardens, as well as an annual farm trip. We adhere to our 1:2 adult child ratio policy at all times, and sometimes ask for parent/grandparent volunteer helpers.
The EYFS curriculum This is currently split into 7 areas of learning: Communication and language; Physical development; Personal, social and emotional development; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding of the world; Expressive arts and design. Click here to download the Parents' Guide to the EYFS.
We appreciate the importance of the following themes under the EYFS:
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and is capable, confident, and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships with their adults and peers.
Children learn and develop well in safe environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs.
The EYFS framework covers the education and care for all children within the early years’ provision including special needs and disabilities.
Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning are equally important and interconnected.
To download a pdf of our latest 2017 Ofsted inspection report, click here.