In order to help support the children progress in their development, 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. Staff pay particular attention to children’s current needs and interests and appropriate equipment is provided. This means that the 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. 

This is an important teaching tool in our Pre-School and planning is always 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.

‘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 and Tell’ time where children are encouraged to bring in items and toys that interest them and tell the group about them. 

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 sets the foundations for all learning your child will experience at Pre-School and is intended to help practitioners plan to meet the diverse needs of all children.

Early Learning Goals:

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into 7 areas of learning:

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

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

- Communication and Language, Aspects: 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.