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Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Here at Bitterne Community preschool, we provide a curriculum for the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage is built on these four themes

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

 

There are seven areas of learning and development that enable us to help shape our educational programmes. 

There are three areas that are particularly crucial for the children’s learning and development known as the prime areas.

 

These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.

 

We also help and support the children in these four specific areas.

 The specific areas are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design        

 

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. In planning for this and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that the children learn. We look at three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

 

  • playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

 

Children's play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests. Children learn best through physical and mental challenges.

Active learning involves other people, objects and ideas that engage and involve them for periods of time. Play with their peers is important for children's development.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

 

We are registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted who inspects childcare for children. We are also a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) who provide support and training to all registered Pre-School groups in Southampton with the aim of enhancing the care and education available to young children. In addition we are registered to accept Government Funding for children aged 2,3 and 4 years.

We work with a ratio of one adult to four children for the under 3's and one adult to eight children for the over 3's, although we always try to work with a ratio of one adult to six children for over 3's. A minimum of two staff/adults are on duty at any one time. We use a key person approach to ensure that each child has a named member of staff with whom to form a relationship and who plans with parents for the child's well-being and development in the setting. The key person meets regularly with the family for discussion and consultation on their child's progress.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Dates .... 

  • INSET DAY - Friday 28th May 2021
  • Half Term - Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June 2021
  • Preschool back open on Monday 7th June 2021
  • Last day of the summer term - Thursday 22nd July 2021
  • INSET Day - Friday 23rd July 2021

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Get in touch with us

If you would like to know more and find
out just what makes our Pre-school
so unique, arrange a visit and book
your place, contact us now.