We work in accordance with the National Government Guidelines which include the statutory national curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage. We aim to develop learning through play – making learning fun.
The main themes that are set out as Early Learning Goals are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The pre-school follows the same long term themes as the school and shares the garden space.
Our pre-school uses the practice guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage to assist with planning. Staff plan weekly using the evidence collected from their observations of the children. Plans cater for individual needs and interests and support the children in meeting their next steps.
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 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.