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Our Pre-School is validated as part of the Leicestershire’s Early Years Development and Children’s Plan which is concerned with nursery education. The Foundation Stage, which was introduced on the first of September 2008, sets the foundations for all learning your child will experience at Pre-School.

The Foundation Stage is intended to help practitioners plan to meet the diverse needs of all children.

In 2012 a review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) took place and some of the children's area's of learning and development were condensed and altered slightly. The report showed that the EYFS was working well, but that there was lot of repetition across several of the Early Learning Goals.

A new criteria has replaced the previous 6 areas of learning, (Personal, Social & Emotional, Communication, Language & Literacy, Problem solving, Reasoning & Numeracy, Knowledge & Understanding of the World, Creative & Physical Development) The following changes were implemented from September 2012.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development. Aspects of: Making Relationships, Self-confidence & Self- awareness, Managing Feelings & Behaviour.

Physical Development Aspects of: Moving & Handling, Health & Self-care.

Communication and Language: Aspects of: Listening & Attention, Understanding, Speaking.

Specific Areas

Literacy, Aspects:Reading & Writing,

Mathematics, Aspects: Numbers, Shape, Space & Measures.

Understanding the world, Aspects: People & Communities, The World, Technology.

Expressive Arts & Design, Aspects: Exploring & Using Media & Materials, Being Imaginative.

In order to help support the children progress in their development in the above areas, we use observations to plan and implement play opportunities for the children based on individual need.

We constantly strive to give a balance of child and adult led activities, where children are free to play and explore all activities of their choosing as well as focused, planned activities designed to explore a number of specific learning areas.

Children play a lead role in the continuous provision available to them, and staff pay particular attention to children’s current needs and interests and appropriate equipment is provided, then added to, to evolve play, exploration and development. In this way, children remain motivated, as instead of adults deciding a ‘topic’ or ‘theme’ for all the children to follow all the time; the children are already interested in what they are doing.

‘Free-flow’ play is extremely important for the children, but some routine enables them to predict what will happen next and gives them a ‘time line, ’as well as giving a sense of security and well-being.

We provide healthy snacks and have a ‘rolling snack bar’ for the children to visit when they are hungry and thirsty. We also have ‘Show & Tell’ time where children are encouraged to bring in items and toys that interest them and tell the group about them.

We also have ‘group time’. This is when children spend time with the rest of their named group for more focused activities to further their development. Activities are planned and implemented by their Key Person based on observations they have made on the children.

Group time is an important teaching tool in our Pre-School and planning is always quite flexible to suit the children’s current interests and is done with each child’s age and development in mind to ensure all children have an enjoyable, relevant experience.

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