Activities 2 March 2020
The resources and activities that are available for the children are carefully planned based on the staff's knowledge of the children's interests and needs. Staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and regularly assess each child's learning.
Parent's input into their children's learning, while at Pre-School and at home, is actively sought and encouraged.
The Pre-school has moved away from 'themes' and use a system known as 'in the moment planning'. This essentially involves documenting and evaluating what the children have learnt through quality interactions with adults and their peers. The staff follow the child's lead and extending their learning is done as the play happens, rather than planning something for the child to do the following day.
The staff use the non statutory document 'Birth to 5 Matters' which provides "comprehensive guidance, drawing on previous guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which has been updated in order to reflect recent research, to meet the needs of practitioners, to respond to current issues in society, to meet the needs of children today and to lay a strong foundation for their futures" (Early Years Coalition, 2021)
Children's observations are recorded on an online system called Tapestry, which parents have their own log in for. Parents are actively encouraged to upload photos of things their children do at home that they would like to share with the preschool.