Coton Pre School’s Curriculum is based on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children will generally develop the 3 prime areas first: Personal and Social Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The key-workers teaching and supporting your child will make sure 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, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. A brief description of the 7 Areas is shown below.
|Personal and social 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.|
|Communication and Language||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.|
|Literacy||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 providing 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.|
More information can be found at the following link, which details current Government Policy on Childcare and Early Education – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-childcare-and-early-education/2010-to-2015-government-policy-childcare-and-early-education#appendix-2-early-years-foundation-stage
Coton Pre School was inspected by Ofsted in December 2014, and the Report can be found here for your perusal. We were delighted that our Facility was upgraded from “Requires Improvement” to “Good” from the previous inspection - a great achievement to all of those involved.
Enroling at Coton Pre School
Please take a look at our Pre School prospectus 151117 for more information. Our enrolment form can be found here - Application to join Coton Preschool 12092017 We ask for a non refundable Starter Pack Fee of £20 on application to join the Pre School.
Coton Pre School takes children who are funded by the Government under both the Universal and Extended Funding Schemes (for 15 and 30 hours free childcare respectively); as well as privately paid sessions – these are charged at £5.50 / hour.
Please be aware that Coton Pre School is extremely popular , and for some sessions there may be a waiting list. It may help if you are flexible in those sessions you would like your child to attend. Sessions are allocated according to birth date.
To help your child to settle in we offer both settling in sessions at Pre School and home visits to get to know you and your children before they start at Coton Pre School.
Term Dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
Autumn Term (14 funding weeks)
Wednesday 6th September – Autumn term starts
23rd October to 27th October – Half Term
Tuesday 19th December – End of Autumn term
Spring Term (11 funding weeks)
Monday 8th January – Spring term starts
12th February to 16th February – Half Term
Thursday 29th March – End of Spring term
Summer Term (13 funding weeks)
Monday 16th April – Summer term starts
Monday 7th May – Closed May Day holiday
28th May to 1st June – Half Term
Thursday 19th July – End of Summer term