Early Years

Although the session is structured, activities are planned to allow the children a free choice in their play. Throughout their time at preschool the children will be working within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

During your child’s time at Preschool we will be recording electronically in Tapestry with observations made there with pictures as well as any craft work, drawings and awards being collected in their paper ‘Learning Journey book’ .  Tapestry observations will be a collection of observations, photographs and EYFS curriculum standards  keeping you informed of your childs progres in all areas of development. The learning journal book will provide a physical copy of their work and be an overall place for termly review and comments/feedback from the parents.

There are seven areas of learning and development we aim to develop during your child’s time with us. These areas are split into Prime and Specific:

Prime Area – Personal, Social and Emotional

This area of learning focuses on helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others: to form positive relationships and develop respect for others: to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings: to understand appropriate behaviour in groups: and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Prime Area – Communication & language

This area of learning involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment: to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves: and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Prime Area – Physical Development

This area involves providing opportunities for children to be active and interactive: and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Specific Area – Literacy

This area involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials, (books, poems etc) to ignite their interest.

Specific Area – Mathematics

This area involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Specific Area – Understanding the World

This area involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the

environment.

Specific Area – Expressive arts and design

This area involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.

Preparing for school

Two terms before your child is due to attend school they will be encouraged to take part in our pre-school sessions. These run for up to half an hour in the pre-school room during our free play session. The sessions have a more formal structure, and concentrate on preparing children for school. You will be informed before your child’s first session.

We enjoy a continuing close liaison with local primary schools, including amongst others Breamore, Downton, Hale and Fordingbridge. During the summer term arrangements are made for the children to visit their respective school for a couple of sessions, the reception teacher is also invited to spend time with us at preschool to meet with the child and parent in a familiar setting.