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Culmstock Primary School Part of the Culm Valley Federation

Our Aim

As a pre-school our aim is to provide a safe, secure and stimulating play environment in which children can learn through planned activities that are well resourced while also giving children the 
freedom to develop according to their individual needs.

We aim to value each unique child, nurture their development as they gradually move towards independence and in so doing build their confidence and emotional preparedness to make the transition to school; most of our children move on to Culmstock Primary School supported by friendships built at the pre-school.

“Children make good progress and form key skills that help to prepare them well for their next stages in learning and eventual move on to school.” - Ofsted 2016

Our policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure we meet all government and Ofsted requirements and help protect and develop your child(ren) while they are with us. Copies of all policies are available in our foyer for parents to view.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The EYFS is a mandatory framework reformed in 2012 to set the standard for the continued development and welfare of all children from entry to five years of age. The staff in the pre-school closely follow the 
requirements of the EYFS and use the Guidance of Development Matters when planning activities for the children, and a display board can be viewed at the pre-school to show our work with EYFS.

Staff also take into account ‘OFSTED Safe and sound’ which focuses on children staying safe by offering a secure and welcoming environment, taking adequate precautions to prevent accidents and comply with 
procedure to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The EYFS identifies three characteristics of effective learning for children:

• Playing and exploring
• Active learning
• Creating and thinking critically

The EYFS ensures a consistent approach and quality for the care and learning from birth to the end of foundation stage. The EYFS seeks to provide:

• Quality and consistency
• A secure foundation
• Partnership working
• Equality of opportunity

Early Years Foundation Stage Overarching Principles

We recognise that all children develop and learn in different ways, at different rates and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.

The EYFS has established four ‘overarching principles’, which underpin all our childcare and learning:


• A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient capable, confident and self-assured.
• Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
• Enabling environments – 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.

The EYFS Learning and Development requirements cover:

• areas of learning and development;
• the early learning goals;
• and; the assessment requirements

Areas of Learning and Development identifies three prime areas:

1. communication and language;
2. physical development; and
3. personal, social and emotional development.

Children are also supported in four specific areas:

1. literacy;
2. mathematics;
3. understanding the world; and
4. expressive arts and design.

The early learning goals are a guide to the knowledge of children should have gained by the end of the reception year. The early learning goals are a means of assessment for each of the prime and specific areas of learning. The pre-school recognizes that all aspects of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The three prime areas are crucial for building children’s capacity to learn from relationships and thrive. Each child is acknowledged and respected for the different ways and rates at which they may be progressing; and parental views on the child’s development and progress are sought and valued.

In order for children to learn successfully they need to be in a secure environment which is physically comfortable. At Culmstock Pre- school the children have plenty of time and space to relax and rest. 


Our staff ensure that each child is happy and comfortable, providing quiet time when necessary and are quick to recognise any sign of distress.

Culmstock Pre-school aims to provide an enriched and enabling environment for young children to make learning connections. Staff interactions and opportunity for physical activity help to support and extend their learning. Our garden has allowed us further opportunity to create an enabling environment.

Parents are welcome to visit our EYFS board in the pre-school foyer to understand how we implement our care and learning, and indeed learn more about how the EYFS helps your child! We aim to work in partnership with parents and welcome continual communication facilitated by our key person system. We encourage parents to meet with staff after hours and at regular parents evenings. We also exchange valued communication through contact books and by use of our 'wow’ box.

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