How we approach learning, development and assessment
Learning through play
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and taking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our pre-school uses the revised Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and in others, an adult take the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from the practice guidance to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or sound recordings of the children to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.
We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our on-going development records. These form part of children’s Unique Story. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals two times a year as well as times of transition, such as when a child goes onto school. We plot children’s progress on our progress tracker and we will share with you at parents evening.
Well-being and Involvement
We also look at your child’s well-being and involvement 3 times per year and score than 1-5. A score of below 4 will require your key person to put in place an action plan. We use a traffic light score 1-2 is red, 2-3 is amber and 4-5 is green. Most children will start on a red or amber because they are settling in please do not worry most children when they start pre-school, the actions plan can be as simple as ensuring that your child’s key person greets them, or their favourite toy is out on the sessions they attend.
Working together for your children
In our pre-school we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the pre-school that is set through the EYFS Statutory Requirements. We also have support staff and students on placement to complement these ratios. This helps us to:
give time and attention to each child;
talk with the children about their interests and activities;
help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide;
allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.