Under the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), there are set standards for learning, development and care for children up to the age of 5. Here at Priory Park Pre-School we strive to follow the guidelines set out, along with working to the 4 key principles of learning. Following the Government Frame Work enables us to give children the skills needed to start school and grow into well rounded individuals.
Areas of learning
In line with EYFS your child will mostly be taught through games and play.
The areas of learning are:
The Early Years Foundation Stage – The Principles
- A Unique Child -Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships -Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.
The Early Years Foundation Stage – The Goals
1.Personal, social and emotional development – developing a positive sense of themselves, others and to develop respect for others.
2. Communication, language – developing confidence and skills in expressing themselves, to be able to speak and listen in a range of situations.
3. Physical development – develop co-ordination, control and movement. Help to understand the importance of physical exercise and to make healthy food choices.
4. Literacy – encourage linking sounds to letters.
5. Mathematics – improve counting skills, understand the use of numbers. Describe shapes, spaces and measurements.
6. Understanding the world – make sense of their physical world and community. Explore and observe technology and the environment.
7. Expressive art and design – use a wide range of media and materials. Share thoughts, feelings and ideas through art, music, movement, dance, role play, design and technology.
A Day at Pre-School
Children are greeted on arrival and asked to place their name tag on their Key Workers board, coats and bags on their pegs and enter the Pre-School. A typical day involves continuous play activities with child initiative learning and adult lead activities such as Story Time. The team set out a host of engaging activities that are designed to encourage creativity, problem solving and promote the EYFS Goals. Activities may include:
The staff prepare weekly plans linked to the individual needs of the children, enhancing their play, interests and learning. Each child has a Key Worker who observes and keeps records of the child’s development and activities, this record can then be viewed by parents or carers at anytime.