We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a statutory framework, covering learning and development from the day your child is born until the end of their first year at school. St Anne’s Pre-School provides all children with a firm foundation on which to build future academic, social and emotional success. We do this by ensuring the Early Years Foundation Stage themes are embedded in all aspects of what we do.
At St Anne’s Pre-School, we operate a key person system. Each member of staff is responsible for keeping up to date records on each child. If one member of staff concentrates on a small group of children, they are in a better position to meet their needs.
In order to plan our curriculum effectively, taking into consideration individuals needs, we keep records and monitor the progress of all children who are at the Pre-School. Planning and assessments are in line with the principles and standards of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and are based on seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED).
- Communication, Language (CL).
- Physical Development (PD).
- Literacy (L).
- Mathematics (MD).
- Understanding of the World (UW).
- Expressive Arts and Design (EAD).
Curriculum Statement – Aims of the nursery curriculum
- To provide quality-learning experiences for all the children. Learning which is structured, balanced, relevant to the child and related to the real world.
- To provide a curriculum, which takes account of, and responds to, the children’s developmental needs and allows them to make progress related to their differing abilities. “What the child can do” will be our starting point.
- To ensure the children have positive experiences of success at their own levels, in order to give them confidence and motivation for learning in the future. To promote and develop self-esteem and self-responsibility alongside interest, understanding and value for the child’s own experiences and those of other people.
- To provide a curriculum which provides equal learning and development opportunities for all the children within the nursery. To develop, extend and enrich the skills, knowledge and understanding of each child, in order to enable the child to function effectively as a member of society.
- The nursery as a whole is organised in order to promote and enhance development in all areas of the curriculum, and to promote positive images and role models for the children. Learning will be achieved via a mixture of adult directed and structured free play activities, delivered through cross-curricular activities and topic based themes.
- To create a partnership with parents to support and enhance the development of the children.
Planning, recording and assessment
- Topic planning takes place on a half-termly basis. Activity planning occurs on a weekly or daily basis. The topic planning and activity planning sheets used by the nursery are laid out to identify each of the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This ensures that all areas of the curriculum are considered whenever a topic or activity is planned.
- Planning also occurs on a weekly or daily basis whereby staff select a specific activity for the children to use during free play. Items are rotated so that all resources are used, providing broad experience for the children.
- Staff are able to observe the children and records of such observations may be made on the children’s personal profile sheets or on activity record sheets.
- Samples of the children’s work, which relate to the curriculum, are kept in the child’s individual folder as appropriate.
- Assessment is carried out through a mixture of informal observation, interaction with the child, the use of the information on record sheets and discussion during regular staff meetings. The information gathered during the assessment process is then used for future planning of activities for each child.
- Information gained through recording and assessment will be shared with parents, other school staff and outside agencies as appropriate.
Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage