Teaching Programme.



o Become confident at separating from their parent which will help them when they start school
o Learn social skills such as sharing and taking turns
o Become independent in self-dressing (putting on coat for outdoor play)
o Become independent in self-care (washing and drying their own hands and becoming toilet trained)
o Learn to select and carrying out activities and help to tidy away toys
o Understand right from wrong, the feelings of others and form good relationships with other children.


We encourage an interest in reading; we have a story time with staff and a well stocked book corner where they read with their friends and staff.

Children learn to recognise their name and we help them to write their name. They have opportunities to do mark making at our writing table and use one handed tools and equipment to develop fine motor skills e.g. pencil, coloured pencils, crayons, paint brush, scissors, playdough cutters & tools and glue spreaders. They will begin to scribble across the paper to represent writing, start to form recognisable letters and learn to write their name.

Their communication is developed through singing time and interactions during the session between staff and other children.


We encourage an interest in numbers (counting up to 10 and beyond) and an interest in shapes (noticing shapes in the environment and naming shapes). We also introduce mathematical language e.g. “bigger‟ and “smaller‟, “heavier‟ and “lighter‟.


We encourage children to show an interest in the world in which we live, and to talk about special events in their own life such as their birthday or a new baby. We encourage them to understand British values and British traditions, as well as helping them respect other cultures by introducing them to other national traditions and festivals. We also encourage use of the computer where they acquire basic skills by playing educational games.


We encourage a curiosity about the world around us, and how things work. We have recently been talking about the life cycle of frogs, and we even have some tadpoles that the children have been looking after in pre-school! Watching them change has been very exciting. We have a STEM area where daily hands on activities and displays help children learn a broad range of experience based-science.


We encourage the children to play with jigsaws, thread beads and use playdough. We also organise painting or let them play in the sand and water tray. These activities will help with fine motor skills development.

We have an excellent outdoor play area and have use of the primary school’s large indoor hall and outside activity playground. The climbing frames, trikes, prams and balls all help with the development of the childrens’ gross motor skills.


We provide props and resources for children to use to engage in imaginary role-play, which we usually link to the topic, for example “The Fruit and Vegetable Shop”. Children learn a huge amount from role-play.

Our curriculum is founded on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We pride ourselves on having an incredibly innovative and successful Early Years curriculum.


We pride ourselves on how ready and able our pre-schoolers are for moving on to the next big step. Our staff liaise with all the local primary schools about the school leavers and provide a smooth and effortless transition to Reception class, wherever their next destination may be. We are always delighted with the feedback we receive each year from Reception teachers, who praise us for the ‘readiness’ and academic preparedness of our summer leavers.

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