Areas of Learning


How we provide for development and learning


Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born.  The care and education offered by our 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.


There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year’s pre-schools.  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:  Children under three are observed and assessed on the following areas.


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.


All children are observed and assessed on 7 areas of development the 3 prime areas and the following 4 specific areas; we do focus on the prime areas for the younger children. 


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 proving 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.



Briary Pre-School

Greenhill Road


Herne Bay






Tel: 01227 742050

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