How we operate
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Children with special needs
Each child is valued in Pre-School with his/her own special gifts and needs. We work hard to ensure that all children belong. Children with Special Needs are welcomed and we endeavour to provide all necessary support to enable them to fulfil their potential at Pre-School. Our Special Needs Co-ordinator works closely with parents and all professionals involved in the care of each child and helps to develop a programme of ongoing support, appropriate to each individual child. Parents or carers may like to talk through any issues of particular concern to them with the staff or Special Needs Co-ordinator (Trish) before their child begins.
Key Person system
Our Key Person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for
just a few children at each session. Every child in Pre-School will have one
member of staff to relate to, which can help them to settle in and ensure that
Pre-School meets the needs of each child.
The Key Person will monitor your child’s progress in particular areas, including:
developing creativity, communication skills, independence, expressing feelings,
relating to other people and understanding concepts. Your child’s Key Person
will introduce themselves to you when your child starts Pre-School. Should you
wish to discuss any aspect of the Key Person system, please do not hesitate to
contact any Staff or Committee member. The system operating at Pre-School is
in line with current Social Services requirements and Preschool Learning
Alliance Policy. We are required to gain parental permission for using it.
If you have any objections to your child being assigned a Key Person, please
write to Committee Chair or The Pre-School Leader.
A record of your child’s development will be made during their time at Pre-School, by the Key Person, which will be available for you to look at and discuss. This will be confidential between you and Pre-School. Your child’s Key Person will be happy to discuss your child’s progress at Pre-School at any time.
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy
development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating
their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests. Children in the EYFS learn
by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
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