At West Hoathly Preschool we follow the EYFS curriculum. This curriculum addresses 7 areas of learning for which the children have continuous provision through their learning environment and also through focused activities. Have a look below to see just a few of these things in action at Pre-School! Please also read our British Values statement at the bottom of the page.
Communication and language
Our children learn to communicate through taking to adults and their peers. They are given opportunities to develop through group and individual discussions as well as through their play. Opportunities such as role play in a variety of scenarios and listening to songs and stories also help language to develop.
Physical development (Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills)
There are lots of opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, for the children to develop, practise and master skills of balance, movement, running, jumping, climbing and catching. They are closely supervised at all times to ensure safety, while encouraged to develop confidence and enjoyment in physical activity. They are also able to develop fine motor skills through a wide range of activities such as pegboards, cutting, sewing, sticking, screwing and mounding.
Personal, social and emotional development
Children have many adult-supported opportunities to become familiar with counting, sorting, matching, sequencing and ordering everyday objects, which form the basis of early numeracy work. They are encouraged to use the language, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. The understanding of early numeracy is developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.
Understanding the world
Children are offered the chance to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials (sand, water, play dough etc). Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and within their wider community with regular discussions, walks and visits.
Expressive arts and design
Children are offered a wide range of activities for creative play, including art, music, dance, role-play, and imaginative play. Children are encouraged to use art equipment including paints, crayons, pencils, scissors, glue, collage and model making materials, as well as sand, water and dough.
Considering British Values
We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern multicultural Britain very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the Pre-school. Even for our very young children, we encourage concepts of, mutual respect, tolerance of different faiths and beliefs and democracy with pride and we continuously encourage them to demonstrate a good understanding of the application of these to their own lives.
Through our curriculum, we ensure children have exposure to experience beyond their local community, during which these concepts are shown, through for example, local community events and church events, charity work, sporting events, and visits. Our Pre-school’s embedded values-based ethos gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.