Curriculum

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Blackboys Pre-School helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development, which includes using the Early Years Foundation stage. Wherever possible, we try to arrange outings for the children, which are carefully linked to the subject that they are learning about. We also have regular visits by the fire service, police – and even the local vet!

The Blackboys Pre-School curriculum follows the guidance set out in EYFS Development Matters, identifying areas of need to encourage children to develop and grow. This helps to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the following areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Records of Achievement

The Pre-School keeps a Record of Achievement for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children’s Records of Achievement is one of the ways in which Blackboys Pre-School and parents work in partnership. Your child’s Record of Achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.

Policies

Copies of the Pre-School’s policies are available upon request, and on registration with the Pre-School. The Pre-School’s policies help us to make sure that the service provided by the Pre-School is a high quality one and that being a member of the Pre-School is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents.

The staff and parent-led committee work together to adopt the policies and there is an annual review of the policies. This review helps us to make sure that the policies are enabling the Pre-School to provide a quality service not just for its members but for the local community too.

Special Needs

As part of the Pre-School’s policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs that a child may have.

The Pre-School works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2000). The Pre-School’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is the manager, Jenny Novkovic and Emma Harmar.

Safeguarding

We want your child to feel happy and safe at the Pre-School. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the Pre-School. The Pre-School has a policy about helping children to settle in during the early days, and this can be viewed on request. The Safeguarding Officers are the Deputy Manager and the Chair.

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