A fun day Pre-School for your child
The pre-school curriculum is planned in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, as set out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. 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. These three areas, the prime areas, are: 1 communication and language; 2 physical development; and 3 personal, social and emotional development. Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are: * Literacy; * Mathematics; * Understanding the world; * Expressive arts and design. Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as follows. Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest. Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. The quality of educational provision is monitored by Ofsted and the Local Authority. St Margaret’s Pre-School is a popular pre-school in Solihull that provides a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for children aged 2 to 5 years.
During your child's stay
During your child’s time at pre-school they will receive support from experienced staff and will become part of a group.
The staff member responsible for your child’s individual needs is known as the ‘key person’.
Your child’s key person will make time to find out about their interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. They will also keep records of their progress and achievements, which are available for you to see and contribute towards.
Our programme supports children to develop:
- Moving and handling, health and self-care
- Communication and language
- Listening and attention, understanding, speaking, literacy
- Reading, writing and mathematics
- Numbers, shape space and measure
- Understanding the world
- People and communities, and technology
- Expressive arts and design, media and materials
- Being imaginative