Curriculum

All children at the Pre-School have a key worker who monitors their children’s development and regularly plans for their future learning. This is documented in each child’s learning journey via the online learning journal Tapestry. All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our key worker systems enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of the individual child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer the early year’s foundation stage. This sets the standards that all early years providers must ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It gives them the broad range of knowledge and skills for the future progress through school and life.

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning.

Children should mostly develop the 3 PRIME AREAS first.  These are:

  • Communication and Language -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; develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and have confidence in their own abilities

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

The remaining four areas are known as Specific areas of learning.  Through these areas the three Prime areas are strengthened and applied.  These are:

  • Literacy – 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 measure.
  • Understanding of 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 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.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.

Children in the EYFS learn by play and exploring being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.

For more information visit :

  • Foundation Years website – click here  where you can find a parents guide to the EYFS.

If you would like any further information please ask a member of staff.