Learning through play and interaction in a place where they have empowerment over their environment, we promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement where children are prepared for their next steps in learning, so that they are happy, confident, creative, sociable and enthusiastic learners, who look forward to challenges.
A strong partnership between home and preschool is created, liaising closely with parents, other professionals and linking with our community. Children are more settled and confident if they are able to predict the routine of the day.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.
Our young learners are starting to develop their understanding of these values through a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities across the EYFS curriculum.
As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
We have a large, free flowing classroom to allow the children space to play as well as areas to learn, imagine, rest and immediate access to the garden.
We are very lucky to have a great purpose built building in such a beautiful setting. Inside is one large class room divided into a carpeted section with a home corner, dress up, construction, small world and a reading corner with a sofa. On the other side of the class room is our painting section with a sink, craft corner, literacy table and table top activities. We also have a separate ‘Quiet Room’ which double as office and somewhere the children know they can go for some quiet time and where the staff can do smaller group activities or one to one work.
Outside we have a slide, wooden large train, ticket office/ice-cream hut, summer house, mud kitchen and a dedicated growing corner for our own produce. Together with Holly (qualified forest school leader) we have developed a Forest School Area, which is continually growing and changing. Holly comes to us regularly and holds Forest School sessions.
New for 2021, is our back garden, which has been created with our youngest children in mind.
We have visits from people who help us in our community. A local GP, a dental nurse and a policeman. The children are able to explore equipment they use and ask lots of questions.