Throughout your child’s time with us we will keep a portfolio of their achievements; this is called the ‘EYFS Learning Journey’.  The first part of this is the completion of  the ‘I Can Do Flower’; ‘All About Me’ and ‘All About My Child’ sheets, which we ask parents to complete when their children first join Pre-school. This information gives us an idea of each child’s capabilities, some of  their family background and their likes and dislikes.

From the moment your child starts with us, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which was last revised and updated to its current format in September 2014.

There are 7 areas of learning and development. These consist of 3 prime and 4 specific areas as specified below:

Prime Areas:

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Physical Development
    • Communication and Language


Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    We constantly observe the children and make notes on a regular basis in order to fill each child’s individual records. The records contain only factual statements that stress positive achievements.

    We do have regular parent consultations however should you wish to see your child’s record at anytime, please speak to your child’s Key Person who will be happy to go through it with you.

    Key Person

    On joining our pre-school each child is assigned to a particular member of staff, this is then their Key Person for the duration of their time with us.  While this does not mean that your child will only be looked after and observed by one member of staff, it is a way of building a relationship ensuring that at least one member of staff  knows your child well and is able to assess their needs and capabilities, and is solely responsible for maintaining their records. We believe the Key Person system also provides parents with a point of contact for any queries or concerns.

    Half-Termly targets

    To ensure each child is making the necessary progress we set achievable, individual, realistic, targets for them, under each of the six learning areas. These are established through staff meetings, when all the children’s records are assessed together. These targets also help us to prioritise our curriculum appropriately, only to the extent that, if there are any areas where the children need additional support, we are able to arrange appropriate activities. We follow the children’s interests at all times and our aim is to start preparing them for the transition into school.

    Link Books

    To further aid communication between home and pre-school we have introduced a ‘Link-Book’. This is kept in the child’s folder which should be brought into pre-school at the beginning of each session your child attends and taken home at the end. We use the book to share information in confidence. So, if a milestone is reached at home, please use the book to share it with us, and we will do the same. Equally please also use the Link-Book to tell us about anything that’s worrying you or your child. We value any and all the information you supply, and will use it only to ensure your child’s time at pre-school is as enjoyable and productive as possible.

    Policies & Procedures

    Our policies and procedures are displayed on the notice board in the hall at all times should you wish to review them.