Curriculum

Our teaching approach is based upon the unique nature of each child’s learning and development. The curriculum is delivered by a proven ‘learning through play’ method, with a mixture of child and adult led activities, both inside and outside.

The curriculum followed, is in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage produced by the DfES, based on the children’s interests and needs.

 

The principles, which guide the work of all early years practitioners are grouped into four themes:

 

  • A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

  • Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person, and other staff.

  • Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

  • Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

 

Children are encouraged to reach their full potential in the three prime areas first. These are:-

  • Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

 

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:-

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive arts and design

 

These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

 

The foundation of our work is to assure the children of a secure transition between home and school. This important step of coming to Preschool on their own is achieved through the loving and sensitive approach of the staff.

 

We recognise that young children have an enormous capacity to learn; they are absorbing knowledge from their environment and from adults all the time. Nearly all this learning takes place in a subconscious way.

 

Recognising this learning process, we create an environment in which it can happen. Feeling happy, secure and loved as they are at home, children’s confidence and interest increases and the curriculum is carefully designed to meet the individual needs of each child.

 

Older Preschool children are gently prepared for school as their confidence and independence increases.

 

Messy play is included within our sessions and we would advise children to wear old clothing that will not spoil. Please also provide wet/warm weather clothes, we go outside whatever the weather.

 

******A weekly plan detailing the daily focused activities can be found on our whiteboard in the porch******