Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the Pre-school are:

  • to provide quality care and education for children below statutory school age in a community based group;
  • to work in partnership with parents to help children learn, develop and feel that they are a valued member of the setting;
  • to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment, where children gain from the social experience of being part of a group;
  • to work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.

As a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, and subject to regular OFSTED inspections, we aim to provide a variety of activities and resources which follow the curriculum for the foundation stage of education. This curriculum is set out in a document, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education and Skills, called Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage.  Set out below is an overview of the curriculum.  Guidance for parents to your child’s learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can be found here.

A Unique Child

Child Development: Skilful communicator, competent learner.
Inclusive Practice: Equality and diversity, children’s entitlements, early support.
Keeping Safe: Being safe and protected, discovering boundaries, making choices.
Health and Well-being: Growth and developing, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Positive Relationships

Respecting Each Other: Understanding feelings, friendship, professional relationships.
Parents as Partners: Respecting diversity, communication, learning together.
Supporting Learning: Positive interactions, listening to children, effective teaching.
Key Person: Secure attachment, shared care, independence.

Enabling Environments

Observation, Assessment and Planning: Starting with the child, planning, assessment.
Supporting Every Child: Children’s needs, the learning journey, working together.
The Learning Environment: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment, the indoor environment.
The Wider Context: Transitions and continuity, multi-agency working, the community.

Learning and Development

Play and Exploration: Learning through experience, adult involvement, contexts for learning.
Active Learning: Mental and physical involvement, decision making, personalised learning.
Creativity and Physical Thinking: Making connections, transforming and understanding, sustained shared thinking.
Areas of Development and Learning: Personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; problem solving, reasoning and numeracy; knowledge and understanding of the World; physical development; and creative development.