Curriculum

​"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
The Curriculum

During their time at Preschool each child will take part in a wide range of activities aiming to develop a range of skills in several different areas, whilst working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017).

Early Years Foundation Stage

There are 7 areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year’s settings.  All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected.  

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language Development

Literacy Development

Mathematic Development

Understanding of the World Development

Expressive Arts and Design Development

The Foundation Stage Curriculum provides opportunities for developing phonics, number and letter recognition / early numeracy skills, turn-taking, developing ICT skills with use of computers and programmable toys.  These activities may be carried out during small group activities, one to one or during child initiated learning / play.

Ofsted

 

Our latest inspection was in November 2017 which highlighted a committed staff team who endeavour to keep up to date with training, good staffing levels and an inclusive environment fully supporting special needs.  Children were found to be happy and confident who benefited from well planned activities and also self-chosen activities.  

Partnership with parents was equally good and many parents expressed their appreciation of the high standards of care offered. Parents were well informed of their children’s progress and are valued as partners by staff.

 

Ofsted rated the preschool as ‘GOOD’ this means the Preschool 'is effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children well. This ensures children are ready for the next stage of their learning.’

The full report can be viewed at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/127815

Quotes from the Ofsted Report include:

‘Children are enthusiastic learners who are keen to learn and investigate. They engage in a rich range of interesting learning experiences, indoors and outdoors. For example, they learn about life cycles as they observe chicks hatching from their eggs.’

'Staff develop strong relationships with parents. There is an effective two-way flow of information to aid children's care and learning. Parents describe the well-qualified team of staff as 'angels' who are consistently 'kind and caring'.'

‘Children form warm and caring bonds with all members of staff and their key person who know them very well. Children show high levels of self-confidence as they proudly hang their Christmas decoration on the Christmas tree, and eagerly talk about previous experiences with visitors.’

‘Children's safety is at the heart of every member of staff.’

‘Staff create a welcoming and inviting environment where children are motivated to learn.’

© 2017 Pelhams Preschool