Our Pre-School

Our Aims

We follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) and as such we seek to provide:

  • Quality and consistency so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind

  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.

  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents/carers.

  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.


The EYFS sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to the end of their first year (Reception) in School. We are continually aware of the development of the children through ongoing observations following the seven areas of learning of the Foundation Stage, seen on the diagram below:

Our Pre-School aims are these four guiding principles:

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

We also actively promote the fundamental British values:

  • enable children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • enable children to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.

  • encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute postively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the Pre-School and to society more widely.

  • enable children to acquire a broad knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.

  • enable children to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures.

  • encourage respect for other people.

  • encourage respect for democracy.

Activities

Play is essential for children’s development, building confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and to relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. Through ongoing observations the staff will identify and consider the individual needs, interests and stages of development of each child and will use information obtained at these times to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for each child.

Key Person

Your child will be assigned a member of staff who will be their Key Person. This role is to help to ensure that your child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs, to help them become familiar with the Setting, and offer a settled relationship for the child. The Key Person is happy to discuss your child’s progress and we encourage regular communication at the beginning and end of sessions and booked appointments can be made.We like to ensure that parents and the Pre-School work together as this has a positive impact on the children. With this in mind, during the year you will have the opportunity to view your child’s Unique Story Book, and to contribute towards your child’s learning and development record.