Our Pre-school is registered with OFSTED to promote education as well as care to our Foundation Stage children. The Government Funding we claim for each child attending requires a suitable curriculum to provide opportunities for the attending children to develop towards the EARLY LEARNING GOALS (ELGs) set by SCAA (School Curriculum and Assessment Authority).
The areas of Leaning and Development are:-
Personal and Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum is planned each half term by the Senior Practitioner and staff. A suggested two year rolling plan of themes has been selected though these are very flexible and can be altered to reflect the interests and ages of the children attending. Each theme is highlighted with relevant activities.
The Learning Intention codes appear on the curriculum plan each half term and are taken from the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). A summary of each of the Learning Areas is displayed in Pre-school – please ask if you would like to know more.
The practitioners use on-going observations to assess the learning and development and interests of each child attending and from these can plan individual ‘Next Steps’. These observations inform the curriculum plan with specific activities linked to Learning Intentions for the next medium term plan.
The learning opportunities are evaluated throughout the term, with strengths and weaknesses noted for a continual improvement to meet the current needs.
Each child is given the opportunity to build on his or her knowledge and capabilities, with progress recorded on each child’s on-line Learning Journal “Tapestry”.
The curriculum is planned carefully to ensure all learning objectives for Foundation Stage children are adequately covered across all the sessions.