Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our regular planning sessions enable us to provide a wealth of experience from which your child can build and expand their knowledge and skills.
The pre-school implements the Department of Education's Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This educational programme promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness'. It does this by giving children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme in the pre-school. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are the prime areas:
The children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking, listening and showing attention by responding to stories, songs and rhymes. The children are given 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.
The children are encouraged to realise the importance of health and self-care through physical exercise, a healthy diet and ways of keeping safe. A range of equipment and opportunities both indoors
and out provides opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.
The children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate by themselves to develop self-confidence and self-awareness. Furthermore, the children are encouraged to work within groups, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills, learn how to manage their feelings and to understand appropriate behaviour in groups.
There are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The four specific areas are:
The children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
The children are provided with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in using numbers, through counting tasks, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
The children are encouraged to explore their surroundings through interest and curiosity and to investigate living things. The children are guided 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.
The children are able to use our wide range of media and material resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. The children are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Observations on the children are recorded and stored within each child's profile. These are used as a basis for drawing up an educational programme for each child. These records are available for the parents to discuss with pre-school staff at convenient times.
The staff are here to support you and your child in the transition from pre-school to reception class and we aim to offer any assistance where possible.
A transition report will be sent to your child’s next school and parents will receive their child’s profile, journal and any other completed work.