Learning and Development



Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born.  The care and education offered by our setting 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 Every Child Matters

For children from birth to three years, we give regard to the Every Child Matters framework which sets out four key entitlements for young children. This framework informs practice in settings where babies and toddlers are cared for.  It also informs practice in settings working across the age range with two to five year olds.

Please refer to the information in the foyer regarding Every Child Matters for more information.

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum

For children between the ages of three and five years, the setting provides a curriculum in line with The Early Years Foundation Stage of education. This curriculum is set out in a document, published by the Department of Education.  We follow this guidance.

The guidance divides children’s learning and development into seven areas:

  • personal, social and emotional development;
  • communication and language development;
  • mathematics;
  • literacy;
  • understanding of the world;
  • physical development; and
  • expressive arts and design.

Please see our Early Years Foundation Stage guidance notes on the wall in the foyer for further information.

Forest School

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Forest Walks on land owned by The Ernest Cook Trust are regular outings for all the older children at Pre-School, when the weather is fine.  Please ensure your child is dressed suitably on these days, with long sleeves and trousers, wellington boots, a warm coat, hat and gloves or sun hat.

Our Key Person System

lou_table_2Our setting has a key person system.  This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she is particularly responsible.  Your child’s key person will be the member of staff who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests.  When your child first starts at the setting she will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the setting, she will help your child to benefit from the setting’s activities.

Working Together


In our setting we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set in the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  We are also happy to have volunteer parent helpers where possible to complement these ratios. This helps us to:

  • give time and attention to each child;
  • talk with the children about their interests and activities;
  • help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
  • allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.