Our Learning Approach
At Ickleford Pre-School our friendly staff work hard to provide a supportive and stimulating environment. This allows each child to feel secure and reach his or her full potential. Each child has a nominated key worker who regularly updates the child’s Learning Journal. Our adult to child ratio ensures generous care and attention.
The team recognises that each child is unique and that children develop at their own pace. We plan activities that cater for all children, but enable individual needs to be met. A flexible approach allows children to genuinely influence and choose activities. Children are encouraged to make their own decisions, within a safe and familiar structure that provides support and reassurance.
Respect and Responsibility
We uphold the core values of respect and responsibility for one another, and the environment, in everything we do. Children are encouraged to be kind towards each other and positive behaviour is reinforced at all times. Relationship building, conversation and sharing are essential to creating a positive and caring culture for our children and staff.
We encourage children to:
• develop lively, enquiring minds
• think creatively
• be independent and confident
Following these principles and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, we take great pleasure in watching the children discover and develop their abilities and friendships in these important formative years.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Ickleford Pre-School follows the strict welfare and safeguarding standards outlined by the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). Our staff members receive regular training in safe-guarding, health and safety and child development matters.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking. EYFS highlights 7 areas of learning and development that must be targeted by all pre-schools through indoor and outdoor play.
The key areas of learning are:
• personal, social and emotional development
• communication and language
• physical development
• expressive arts and design
• understanding the world
You can find more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage at www.foundationyears.org.uk.