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All funded children attending Woodlands receive the same quality of care and curriculum regardless of whether they only attend for their free 15 hours during the school academic year or longer hours all year in the nursery. We are lucky to have the space to offer a large and independent pre-school in addition.

A Child Learns by doing and pre-school is a time to really develop their independence, whilst developing trust and respect for others. An important part of the day is the social adjustment, sharing and co-operating with others. Our aim is for the children to "want" to come to and play by making sure that learning is fun

There are many skill levels and topics covered during an academic year, and we try to make all of it fun and interesting. The child will learn to see himself/herself as an individual with unique qualities. Although children are sometimes seen to be just playing if it is well planned and takes place in a secure environment with effective adult support, children can:

  • Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world.
  • Practice and build up ideas. Concepts and skills
  • Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules
  • Be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings
  • Take risks and take risks
  • Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems
  • Express fear or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework which came into force in September 2008 and was revised September 2012 and again in September 2014. It is the regulatory and quality framework for the provision of learning, development and care for children between birth and the academic year in which they turn five (0-5).

Some key priorities of the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Play is at the heart of the EYFS, children need to play in order to have fun and in order to begin to understand the world around them.
  • Welfare and safety of children is paramount.
  • Parents should be kept up to date with what their children are doing and be encouraged to get involved as much as possible.
  • Each child should be allocated a key member of staff and should be encouraged but allowed to develop at their own pace and in their own way.

Children will experience different planned and spontaneous activities daily, including all of the following;

Pre-reading activities - lotto, odd-one-out, sequence games, picture/sound matching games, rhyming games.

Early Mathematical activities - sorting trays, matching games, counting games, number matching games, magnetic shapes boards, posting box, balances.

Computer Music making and singing - instruments, home-made and bought, access to computer games and activities and music and movement sessions.

Circle games Role play - home corner which can be turned into other role play areas such as a shop, hairdressers, hospital, dressing up clothes, hats, dolls, prams and buggies, kitchen equipment, play food.

Table top activities - jigsaw, sorting, threading, lotto, matching games.

Construction - Duplo, mobilo, poly-M, cogs, wheels, wooden bricks, work bench and tool kit, mega blocks.

Small world activities - doll's house, cars, garages, wild animals, farm animals.

Arts and craft - paints and easel, blackboard and chalks, collage materials, scissors, glue, junk materials, clay, pencils, pens, felt tip pens, pastels, printing materials, aprons.

Malleable materials such as; play dough, clay, plasticene, dough.

Sand and water - play sand and water trays, clean silver sand, waterproof aprons, buckets, funnels, spades, scoops, sieves, bottles of varying sizes, cups.

Cooking - aprons, child size cooking implements, balances, bowls.

Music and movement - tapes and videos, musical instruments, stories.

Outdoor play - climbing frame, bikes, push along toys, small apparatus such as balls, bean bags, hoops, rubber rings, skittles, skipping ropes, bench and balancing apparatus, mats.

Gardening - troughs, plant pots, gardening tools


The atmosphere when entering the setting is warm and friendly.

Katie Baker

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