Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. The pre-school follows all the requirements of the EYFS and provide opportunities for the children to learn in all seven areas; three prime areas and four specific areas.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Within a nurturing environment your child will be supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They will be encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also take part in group activities, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conservation and practical example they will learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and have respect for the feelings of others. The pre-school teachers set good examples and will encourage your child to interact with others and be positive about themselves.
A range of equipment and opportunities both indoors and outdoors will allow your child to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own physical skills. Your child will be supported in the development of fine motor skills, including the use of pens and pencils. There will be opportunities to talk about staying healthy and the staff will encourage and help your child to manage their own personal needs, such as pouring drinks, washing hands and toilet training.
Communication & Language
In small groups your child will be encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking, listening to stories and singing songs and rhymes. The staff will plan regular short periods when children can listen to others, sing short songs, share an experience or describe something they have done.
A well stocked library and access to the school library will give your child the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of books. The staff will read stories to the children using puppets, soft toys, or real objects as props. The staff will create an environment rich in print, where the children can learn about words, using photographs, name cards, signs and posters.
Supported by the pre-school teachers your child will become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis of early mathematics. As they develop they will learn the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. The staff will create role-play areas where the children will have the opportunity to write lists, exchange money for goods, give change, place items in a basket and sort and count coins.
Understanding the World
A safe and stimulating environment will allow your child to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They will learn to observe the features of objects, recognising differences, patterns, similarities and will be able to share their findings. A range of safe, well maintained equipment will enable your child to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate, to solve problems and achieve their intentions. They will celebrate a variety of family traditions, such as Divali, Christmas, New Year, Holi, and Easter.
Expressive Art and Design
Your child will be encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. Art equipment including paint, glue crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills of painting, drawing and collage. Your child will be encouraged to join in with and respond to imaginative role play both individually and as part of a group. We value the childrens own ideas and allow them sufficient time to explore and develop ideas.