Learning and Development
The Pre School is registered with Ofsted, the Governments School Standards Agency, and as such promotes early learning.
We follow guidance under the new Department for Education Statutory and non-Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage, setting the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to five 2012.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shapes the education programme in our setting. All areas of development are important and inter-connected. There are three areas that 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 prime areas are Communication and Language, Physical development: Personal, Social and Emotional development.
The Pre School also supports children in the four specific areas through which and foremost the three prime areas listed above have been strengthened and applied.
These specific and prime areas are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area of learning is about emotional well-being, knowing how you are and where you fit in as well as feeling good about your self by feeling positive with a sense of themselves. It is also about developing respect for others, social competence and a positive attitude to learn. The children are supported in developing confidence, independence and self respect. We aim for children to become confident when being left by their parent/carer and feel safe and secure. We encourage children to share, take turns and cooperate with other children and adults and learn to accept the needs of others within the Pre School. Through conversation and practical example the children learn acceptable ways to express their feelings and needs. We allow children to become independent when choosing activities of their individual choice.
Communication an Language
This area of learning is about communicating, speaking and listening in different ways and situations. We give opportunity for all children to talk in small and large groups; the children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary, fluency and communication skills by talking and expressing their own ideas and thoughts and listening to others. Listen to stories and responding to stories, song and rhymes.
Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, become aware of the purpose of writing and allow children to explore different kinds of media. Children are given plenty of opportunity to become familiar with a rich variety of books, to handle them with care and to be aware of their use, both for reference and a source of words and pictures. Our book corner and wide variety of books are always available to all children each session which will encourage and ignite their interest. We encourage children children to link sounds and letters and progress to begin to read and right.
Expressive Arts and Design
Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make positive connections between one area of learning and another, and so extend their understanding. Children are inspired to explore and use a wide range of recourses to express their own ideas, feelings and experiences in two and three dimensions. Art equipment, including paint, glue, scissors, pens, pencils, crayons, chalk, charcoal, clay, play dough, as well as natural and discarded resources, provide open-ended exploration of shape, colour, texture, design and technology, and the development of skills in drawing, painting and collage. Children are encouraged to respond and take part in music; dance and movement there are plenty of opportunities for children to use imaginative role play. We have access to a computer and other ICT equipment for the children to explore and use correctly.
This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeking and making patterns, making connections, recognising relationships and working with numbers, shape, space and measures. With adult support and practical experience on a daily basis the children are encouraged to become familiar with sorting, counting, matching, ordering and sequencing, measurement, shape and space activities and play which form the yearly stages of mathematics. Gradually the children learn the language of mathematics identifying objects by shape, size, volume, position and number. Through practical activities the children become aware of number sequences and the use of adding and subtracting.
This area of learning is about improving skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. A wide range of indoor and out door equipment on offer allows the children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use of their own bodies. We provide lots of gross and fine motor activities and play to meet the physical challenges in a safe environment. We encourage increasing skills and control in moving, balancing and climbing through each session. We also talk and encourage and teach the importance of being healthy and keeping our bodies fit. We ensure the children have plenty of opportunities to explore the outside area in all weathers. We teach children the importance of being healthy and making healthy choices in relation to food and teach the importance of physical activity.
Understanding the World
This area of learning encourages children to develop the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world around them. This forms the foundation in their later experience in such areas as science, design, technology, history, geography and information and communication technology. In a safe and stimulating environment we will be giving children the opportunity to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan, question and take risks. Children have the opportunity to explore and experiment with a wide range of natural and man-made materials. Explore the world around then recognise and respect other culture and beliefs through festival topics. Talk about own experiences within the Pre School and outside at home which is significant in their lives.
*We plan topic related activities that include festivals, seasons and more that are carried out throughout the year. Children are regularly observed by their key staff which builds a picture of what your child can do and what needs to be planned next. We use an online learning journal system called "Tapestry" to record observations, photos and assessment . These are then used in the Pre Schools planning this ensures that staff can plan for each individual child and stage of development and address any area in future planning.