Ofsted reported in March 2014 that "Teaching is good because staff know the children well.  Children enjoy a wide range of resources and activities and consequently they are happy, independent and active learners who make good progress". 

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage is detailed below and is broken down into 3 prime areas of learning & development and 4 specific areas through which the 3 prime areas are strengthened & applied.


3 Prime Areas of Learning & Development

Crucial for igniting a child's curiosity & enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, from relationships and thrive:-

  1. Communication & Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social & Emotional Development

4 Specific Areas

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the World
  4. Expressive Arts & Design

Our activities and experiences at Pre-School must include:-

COMMUNICATION & LANGUAGE: 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: providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control & movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, & to make healthy choices in relation to food.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: helping children to develop a strong sense of themselves & others; to form positive relationships & develop respect for others; to develop social skills & learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; & to have confidence in their own abilities.

LITERACY: encouraging children to link sounds & letters & begin to read & write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems & other written materials) to ignite their interest.

MATHEMATICS: providing children with opportunities to develop & improve their skills in counting, understanding & using numbers, calculating simple addition & subtraction problems; & to describe shapes, spaces & measures.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD: guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe & find out about people, places, technology & the environment.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS & DESIGN: enabling children to explore & play with a wide range of media & materials, as well as providing opportunities & encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas & feelings through a variety of activities in art,music, movement, dance,   role-play & design and technology.