Long Wittenham Pre-School follows a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.
Our team draws up a plan for each term focused around a topic which aims to ensure that the EYFS goals are met in a way that the children will enjoy. We believe that the experience a child has at Pre-School is very important in their journey through the education system and so it is our goal to make learning fun! We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities. This helps them to build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and helps them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. Providers must also support children in specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied.