Learning at Pre-School

"In play children learn at their highest level." 
Learning at Pre-School

At Pre-School we follow the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the statutory framework for early year’s development.

There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS as follows:


Prime areas

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development


Specific areas

  • Mathematics

  • Literacy

  • Expressive arts and design

  • Understanding the world


Your child’s key person will observe and plan for your child in all seven areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure they are progressing towards the early learning goals.


Your key person will update an online learning book consisting of photographs of children, observations and planned next steps in their development. They will write a summative report of your child’s learning three times a year. This will coincide with parent’s evenings in which your key person can advise you on how to support your child’s learning at home.

Parents can log on to view their child's learning book at any time and we encourage parents to use this to tell us of any interests and learning that has happened at home. This information really helps us to plan meaningful activities and carry these interests forward.

The EYFS and useful a resource for parents relating to development in the Early years called ‘what to expect when – a parents guide’ can be viewed at the following link: Foundation Years.

Typical Routine of the Day

8.45 am - Arriving at Pre-School

Children arrive at Pre-School and find their name on the classroom door to post in the box. Children can choose an activity to play with a member of staff.

9.00 am - Free Flow Play 

The children can move freely around the setting choose where they want to play. This can either be in room 1 or 2 or outside. In each room and outside there is a balance of planned adult activities and child initiated opportunities for children to engage in. 

09.30 - 10.15 am Snack bar opens

We operate a rolling snack system children can choose when they come to the snack table. Children are encourage to wash their hands. The children have a choice between milk and water to drink and there is a healthy snack provided each day. Independence skills are always promoted at snack time and the children have opportunity to pour their own drinks, peel fruit and spread butter supported by a member of staff dedicated to sitting with the children at the table. During snack the adult encourages language by talking to the children and each day there is a new interesting talking point on the table. 


10.30 - 10.45am Key group time

The children go into their key groups for a planned activity with their key person based on an aspect of the EYFS. 


Free Flow Play Continues

11.20 am - Tidy Up Time

The children are encouraged to tidy up the area where they have been playing.

11.30 am - Story Time.

The children who go home after the morning session share a story.

11.45 am - Home time

Some of the children go home at the end of the morning session. 

11.30am Lunch club

The children go over to the school canteen to eat their lunch, they can have a hot school dinner or bring a packed lunch. After lunch there is a choice of activities for the children to engage in followed by small group stories.

The afternoon session runs in a similar way, please be aware we have mini sports who come in to do a sports class with the children on a Tuesday afternoon and Stretch and grow who come into do a fitness class with the  children on a Thursday afternoon and Beryl who does a music session with us on a Friday. In addition to this we are often out and about on Pre-School trips into the local area.