Children aged three to five years follow a broad-based curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as used in schools. Areas of learning consist of three prime areas and four specific areas.
The prime areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for the children’s school readiness and future progress, and which are applied and reinforced by the specific areas.
Play supports all aspects of the child’s development. Children learn best by doing and are encouraged to choose activities and make decisions as they engage with the different opportunities on offer. We respect and enable children to become autonomous and competent learners.
They decide which area of the Pre-School rooms they want to play in, what materials or equipment they wish to use, and then, through observation, staff can complement the self-determined learning that takes place. Staff will participate, demonstrate, offer choices, and encourage children to try out new skills. Through informal conversation and asking questions, the children are introduced to new vocabulary and ideas.
Staff ensure that the rooms are kept safe and tidy, and they encourage children to return things to their rightful place after they have finished using them. We ensure that children have regular free flow access to the outdoor area to stimulate their physical development.
Children in the Toddler room and Pre School Room have open access to a computer to develop and extend their knowledge. Pre School children have access to an interactive whiteboard. An interactive whiteboard is a touch-sensitive whiteboard connected to a projector allowing the teacher to open up lessons, the internet or any number of tasks.
The children then access a large touch screen computer that will hold their attention and encourage turn taking, making learning fun through the Early Years Foundation Stage.