The curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and is guided by its four main principles:

  • Unique Child - Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured

  • Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships

  • Enabling Environments - Children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between the practitioners and parents/carers.

  • Learning & Development - Children develop and learn in different ways.  The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The EYFS is made up of 7 areas of learning:

  • Prime areas 

    • Personal social and emotional development​

      • Making relationships​

      • Self-confidence and self awareness

      • Managing feelings and behaviour

    • Communication and language​

      • Listening and attention​

      • Understanding

      • Speaking

    • Physical development​

      • Moving and handling​

      • Health and self-care

  • Specific areas​

    • Literacy​

      • Reading/pre-reading skills​

      • Writing/pre-writing skills

    • Mathematics​

      • Numbers​

      • Shape, space and measures

    • Understanding the world​

      • People and communities​

      • The world

      • Technology

    • Expressive arts and design​

      • Exploring and using media and materials​

      • Being imaginative

Click here for more information about the EYFS

A Key Person approach

Every child at Pre-School is allocated a Key Person.  Although children quickly get to know all the adults who work at the setting, it is the role of the Key Person to develop a close relationship with your child and to be a particular point of contact for you should you have any questions or concerns.  Your child's Key Person will also monitor and record your child's progress through their Learning Journey.  Where possible, your child's Key Person will remain the same throughout their time at Pre-School.


The Pre-School uses a an online journal system called Tapestry to record each child's progress along their learning journey.  Staff take photographs and make observations which enable them to ensure that each child is developing in all areas of learning.  Parents/carers have access to their child's Learning Journal and can receive updates, comment on observations made as well as contribute their own photographs and observations.