"The quality of teaching is very good ... Children clearly enjoy learning through play, eagerly choosing what they wish to do from the varied range of resources offered."
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The Windmill Preschool follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, which explains how and what your child should be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first:
● Communication and language
● Physical development
● Personal, social and emotional development
These areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas:
● Understanding the world
● Expressive arts and design
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, by being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
Your child's key person and "learning journal"
Each child at the Windmill has a key person who helps them settle into preschool and takes a special interest in them. They will follow their progress through their time at preschool and may undertake observations during play to help in assessing their development. They will undertake the 2-3 Year Progress Check and discuss this with you. Your child's key person is also there to share any news or concerns you may have and to help in any way she can.
Your key person will also maintain your child's learning journal - a special folder of observations, photographs and artwork assembled over the course of your child's time at the preschool, which is not only a record of your child's learning and development but also a wonderful keepsake of your child's time with us. You can ask to see your child's learning journal at any time, and it is yours to take away with you when your child moves on to "big school" or leaves the preschool.
Jo Yehezkel, our SENCo (special educational needs co-ordinator), monitors the progress of children with any special educational needs and liaises with relevant professionals and agencies outside the group when needed. She has worked with children on the autistic spectrum as well as children with Down's Syndrome, visual impairment, hearing impairment, learning delays and English as a second language. Jo has vast knowledge of speech and language issues and in November 2016 completed a Level 3 "Elklan" Speech and Language Support for 3-5's. She will be glad to talk with you about any concerns you may have about your child's development.
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