We follow the statutory national curriculum for early years, the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The main themes that are set out as areas of learning are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
We support each area of learning through play, the environment and the practitioners.
We strongly believe in learning through play and provide a range of carefully planned play activities to help children progress in each of these areas. We avoid work books and work sheets as we believe learning in the early years is best when it is active learning.
We implement our curriculum through planning in the moment. This is where the staff support the children’s play through teachable moments to extend their learning. We follow the children’s interests and needs. We plan for each individual child through observations, assessment and next steps in learning.
We strive to provide an holistic curriculum which meets the needs of the whole child and will lay secure foundations not only in numeracy and literacy but in all areas particularly in relation to life skills which are essential to their continued progress on their educational journey.
We understand that parents are a child’s first educator and therefore we are committed to working in partnership with parents by keeping them informed, consulted and involved. We wish for our parents to feel part of our pre-school and we welcome parents into the setting at any time either as a visitor or as a volunteer.