Care & Curriculum
We provide a caring, safe and friendly setting for children aged from 2 years plus up to school age, where children have opportunities to learn and develop their skills through the medium of play. Every child is treated as an ‘individual’ and their needs met accordingly. Our aim is to provide an enriching, fun and exciting environment both indoors and outdoors for the children as they play and learn. This will help to prepare them when the time comes, to transfer smoothly into primary school having gained a confident start on the first step of their Learning Journey. We believe parents are the prime educators of their children. Therefore, we value their knowledge and input by aiming to develop a mutually respectful partnership with them, which in turn will promote the best possible learning outcomes for their children.
Our setting follows the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework:-
A 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 practitioners and parents and carers.
Learning and 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. Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development.
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See also Prospectus below
The younger children, from 2 years (we offer funded 2 year old places if spaces availalble) turning 3 years old prior to Pre-school year, attend our afternoon sessions (except Thursday), which are centred on playing, opportunities to socialise with other children (and adults) and learning while having fun! The children have the opportunity to paint, take part in creative work, messy play, play with tabletop activities, role play and ride or play on the mobiles, outdoor play or spend some quiet time in the book corner. During the session, we have a running snack time where the children choose a drink and snack (we have regard to healthy eating), song time with a few songs and sometimes a group story time. As the children play and learn, we have regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which starts from birth and continues through their Playgroup & Pre-school sessions until the end of their reception year at School.
The Our Pre-school sessions (every morning and Thursday afternoon) for 3 year olds turning 4 years old extend the fun and play both indoors and outdoors. During the course of the Pre-school session the children are able to engage in various forms of play, such as table top activities, messy play, role play (house corner, hairdressers, vets etc.), mobiles, outdoor play, programmable toys and computer, climbing frame or enjoy our extensive range of books. There are always plenty of activities to take part in either independently or if needed with adult support. Creative activities, such as painting and collage work are always available to the children and we try to encourage them to participate in whatever activity or theme we are working on. Story time is another important feature of our session, with the children welcome to choose a book from our well-stocked book corner or bringing a book from home to share with everybody. There is also time for a drink and a snack during the session and we like to involve parents in this by inviting them to take part in a daily rota system to prepare and serve it to the children. During the session we also have opportunities for large group activities such as parachute games, musical movement activity, obstacle courses, circle games and as much as possible using the outdoor area to enhance the learning environment. Finally we sing a few songs - old favourites and new ones as well. Also during the Pre-school session we give the children the opportunities to take part in our annual nativity, celebrate festivals such as Chinese New Year or Diwali, take them on short walks and arrange visits to local amenities (fire station, library).
During their Pre-school Year every child has the chance of taking our Pre-school Teddy, ‘Travelling Ted’ for a short break at their home. This activity is very popular with the children and is another way we involve parents in their child’s learning. It also develops each child’s sense of community and their self-esteem grows when we read back ‘Ted’s diary’ which parents are invited to write in, to all the children when he returns to Pre-school following his time in their home. Photographs taken during the visit are then displayed and included in the child’s Learning Journey. Similarly, the younger Playgroup children have the opportunity to choose and borrow a book plus relevant prop which they take home for a period of time, again involving the parents in their child’s learning.
Every half term we hold an ‘open hour’ during one of our Pre-school sessions to enable parents to come in and join their child as they play and learn.
Currently, we hold a lunch club twice a week at the end of a Tuesday and Thursday morning session, when the children bring a ‘packed lunch’ in for their lunch.
We have a record-keeping system in place whereby each child has a key person from induction, who is responsible for recording and observing for that child’s needs and progress. Both our Playgroup & Pre-school have qualified, experienced and trained staff and we have a high adult to child ratio (1 adult per 5/6 children). Our policies include an equal opportunities policy, which is non-stereotypical, welcoming families from all cultures and religions and also a special needs and inclusion policy. We welcome and are experienced in caring for children with special educational needs at our setting and are used to working closely with outside agencies such as Children and Young People’s Service.
As the children play, the knowledge and skills they are learning, help them to progress towards the Early Learning Goals of the EYFS, and whose framework guides our practice. This is a requirement that we must meet in order to be eligible to be included as a provider of Foundation stage education for 3 and 4 year olds, in Northamptonshire’s local education authority’s Early Year Development & Partnership plan and as such are inspected by Ofsted. A copy of our latest inspection report is displayed in the unit by the entrance door – copies of this, plus a booklet detailing all our policies in depth are available on request. Also as a provider of EYFS education for 3 and 4 year olds we offer government funded places for children from the term after they turn 3 years old. Please ask for further details of how this works.
We hope that we can look forward to welcoming you and your child to join our group.
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This document can be translated into other languages, on request, via the support service ‘First steps in to Access’.
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Please click to find out more about the Early Years Foundation Stage the framework that guides our practice.
EYFS For Parents
Please click to find out what happens in a typical Pre-School session.
Please click to find out what happens in a typical Playgroup session.
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Please click to download a copy of our prospectus.