Our Curriculum…

Children come to Pre-school with a very wide range of skills and experiences. As we observe and record what children are doing we are able to assess their level of development. We use this information to plan how to extend and develop each child’s interests, skills and experiences, and where to give support if necessary. This information informs our planning each week, so we are building on the skills and knowledge which the children already have. Our weekly planning sheets are displayed in the entrance area.

All the activities we present to children are based on first hand experience with the emphasis on play, as we believe that this is the best way in which children learn. They are presented with a wide range of practical experiences that are intended to motivate, stimulate, and challenge, using both indoor and outdoor environments. We promote learning through experience and the encouragement of independence. In line with the National Early Years Foundation Stage, we cover the 7 Areas of Learning and Development. These are:

Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, Social and Emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

If you would like to know more about the Early Years Foundation Stage please ask a member of staff or visit www.foundationyears.org.uk


Parents are welcome to talk with their child’s key person about their progress as they bring or collect them, or an appointment for a longer discussion can be made if needed. Written records of observations are regularly shared with parents throughout the child’s time at Pre-school.

We do our very best to make families feel happy and welcome here. We see our work with parents and carers as a partnership, and encourage you to talk with us about any anxieties you or your children may have, however minor. A little worry can seem enormous to a young child!

As parents, you are your children’s first teachers, and the early years are the ones in which children learn more quickly than at any other time in their lives. With your help we can get to know your children really well, and learn how best to support them. All children have different needs, and they develop at different rates. Also, parents have different expectations and child-rearing practices. We as early year’s practitioners need to be aware of these differences and respect them.

Meet the Team…