5th February - 23rd February
During this time we are focusing on science - cause and effect; using various science tools, learning to expriment and draw conclusions.
We are going to use such tools as magnifying glasses, tweezers, scales, magnets, measuring cups; as well as our own senses to explore, experiment and then try reasoning why and how?
We will be looking at temperatures, weight, texture, consistency, colours. We will research volcanoes, ice; experiment with objects sinking and floating; make colours using primary colours; learn about our own bones and muscles.
There will be many factual books to read and discuss.
We will continue keep active playing outside, and stretching and balancing while enjoying our regular yoga sessions.
We will also be baking - making our own butter, and learning about yeast when baking our own bread rolls.
Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage :
The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:
For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what each child is expected to know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education. We have these goals in mind when we plan learning for the children and assess their progress.
Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance on education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves and activities planned and led by our staff members.
To read more about your child's learning and development in relation to EYFS click here
We meet the individual needs of each child. We observe each child during their play, get to learn their interests, strengths and developmental opportunities. Our daily observations are recorded online in Tapestry system and are shared with parents, carers and childminders straight away. We use them to define immediate and long term Next Steps for each individual child. These also help us to get to know children’s interests and we use them when deciding what activities to set up each day. We also use those and each child’s Next Steps to plan our small key group times and ability based small group activities.
We aim to make learning fun!
When your child starts to attend our preschool we will observe his/her interests and abilities and prepare a "Starting Point Report" - it will be a summary of your child's strengths in the prime development areas and it will also provide you with Next Steps suggestions for your child's development.
Towards the end of each term we also prepare a report for each child – reviewing progress in each developmental area, characteristics of learning and Next Steps for the next term. This report is then discussed with parents, carers and childminders at our afternoon meetings.
We understand that starting pre-school is a very significant event not only in the life of a child, but the whole
When your child starts attending pre-school we are flexible to the individual needs of the child to help them settle well and
overcome separation anxiety.
Parents, grandparents, carers are welcome to come and stay as long as it takes for the child to feel more secure in our setting.
The key person is always available to meet and talk with parents, carers and childminders and this helps the child to form a secure emotional attachment with everyone involved.
Parents can use our online system to provide us with All About Me information - their child’s likes and dislikes, favourite plays, medical information, details about their siblings, friends and other people significant in their life.
We also provide families with Welcome Packs which allows information to be provided about your child’s interests, likes and dislikes.
Our curriculum focuses on encouraging children to become independent in their self care.
In the last school term, we organise P.E. sessions to encourage and develop children’s independence in dressing and
Our transition process with local schools is wide and varied with visits during the Summer term from Reception staff, visits to the local schools with children and their parents for songs and rhymes workshops.
We also work closely with Swanmore Primary School throughout the year – we use their playing fields, visit school’s library weekly, use their vegetable gardens and join them on other special occasions.