- Provide high quality care and education for
children below statutory school age;
- Work in partnership
with parents to help children to learn and develop;
to the life and well-being of the local community; and
- Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values
Parents are regarded as members of our
pre-school who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:
As a community based, voluntary managed setting, we
also depend on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep going.
Membership of the pre-school carries expectations on parents for their support
- Valued and respected;
- Kept informed;
- Involved; and
- Included at all levels.
We aim to ensure that each child:
- Is in a safe and stimulating environment;
- Is given
generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to
children, as well as volunteer parent helpers;
- Has the
chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn
- Is helped to take forward her/his learning and
development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
- Has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
- Is in a pre-school that sees parents as partners in helping each child to
learn and develop; and
- Is in a pre-school in which
parents help to shape the service it offers
The Early Years Foundation
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by
the Early Years Foundation Stage. Needingworth Community Pre-school reflects the
four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years
Foundation Stage. These are:
* Every child
is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable,
confident and self-assured.
learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences
respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between
practitioners, parents and carers.
develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework
covers the education and care of all children in early years provision
including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
How we provide
for development and learning:
Children start to
learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and
education offered by our pre-school 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:
* Personal, social and emotional development.
* Physical development.
* Communication and language.
* Understanding the world.
* Expressive arts and design..
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 it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by
the end of the reception year of their education.
Matters guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along
their learning journey towards the Early Learning Goals. Our pre-school has
regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning. Our
programme supports children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding
they need for:
social and emotional development:
* making relationships;
* self-confidence and self-awareness;
* managing feelings and behaviour.
* moving and handling; and
* health and self-care.
* listening and attention;
* understanding; and
* reading; and
* writing. Mathematics
* numbers; and
* shape, space and measure.
Understanding the world
* people and communities;
* the world; and
Expressive arts and design
* exploring and using media and materials; and
* being imaginative.