Mereworth Pre-School will provide:
a safe and stimulating environment where children can have freedom to explore, learn and have fun
to maintain a staff to child ratio above the recommended Ofsted minimum - to give every child the opportunity to play, socialise and learn with others
quality care and learning tailored to the individual needs of every unique child
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), covering from birth to the end of the reception year in Primary School. The principles of the EYFS that we build your child's learning and development around are:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
An excellent team who hold relevant qualifications in Early Years and regularly update knowledge with training.
Use a Key Person system where the Pre-School allocates each child to a Key Person who is responsible for their profile and learning journey, but all staff are responsible for the care and well-being of all the children.
Use Assessment to recognise progress and understand a child's individual needs, by observing and assessing children during play and learning to allow them to plan activities. Parents and/or carers will be kept up-to-date with their child's progress and development.
Integrated Two Years Check:
When a child joins the setting before the age of three, we will assess their progress and development. We will share this information with you. This check should then be kept in your child's red health book and shared with your health visitor. If your child has attended another setting or has already had a two-year check completed, we will not need to undertake this review, however we will need to see the documents.