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The Curriculum

Our Pre-School aims to:

  • Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
  • Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
  • Add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
  • Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

Parents are regarded as members of our pre-school who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:
  • Valued and respected;
  • Kept informed;
  • Consulted;
  • Involved; and
  • Included at all levels.
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 and commitment.

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 together;
  • 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 Stage
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.

* Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

* Children 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.

* Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early yearÂ’s 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:

    Prime Areas:

        * Personal, social and emotional development.
        * Physical development.
        * Communication and language.

    Specific Areas:

        * Literacy.
        * Mathematics.
        * 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.

The Development 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:

    Personal, social and emotional development:
        * making relationships;
        * self-confidence and self-awareness; and
        * managing feelings and behaviour.

    Physical development
        * moving and handling; and
        * health and self-care.

    Communication and language
        * listening and attention;
        * understanding; and
        * speaking.

        * reading; and
        * writing. Mathematics
        * numbers; and
        * shape, space and measure.

    Understanding the world
        * people and communities;
        * the world; and
        * technology.

    Expressive arts and design
        * exploring and using media and materials; and
        * being imaginative.



Copyright © 2017 Needingworth Community Pre-school
Mill Way, Needingworth, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 4TF, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)1480 464201; +44 (0)7814 856446
Registered charity No. 1005511