The curriculum provided by Abacus Pre-school

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Abacus Pre-school helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age, stage of development and focusing on their interests.

For children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, the pre-school provides a curriculum for the foundation stage of education. This curriculum is set out in a document, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and called The Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Abacus Pre- school follows this guidance.

The guidance divides children’s learning and development into seven areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world;
  • Physical development; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

We offer the children the opportunity to freely play between the indoor and outdoor environments and ensure both areas are well equipped to cover the seven areas of learning.

The guidance sets out learning and development for each of the seven areas. These learning and development areas state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the Reception year of their education.

For each area, the document sets out guidance, which describe the stages through which children are likely to progress as they develop, supporting practitioners to observe, plan and monitor their achievements. Pre-school uses the Early Years document to help us to monitor each child’s progress and to enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children move towards achievement of their learning and development.
3 Areas of effective teaching and learning

Abacus staff are aware of the different ways in which children learn and reflect these in our planning of activities;

Playing and exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;

Active learning – Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;

Creating and thinking critically – Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Abacus Pre-school uses the Early Years document 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 takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from the Early Years document has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.

Working together for your children

Pre-school has the recommended ratio of adults to children in the setting. 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; and
  • Allow the children to explore and be adventurous in a safe environment.

Please follow the link below for further information.

Safeguarding Children Policy

The safeguarding and welfare of all children in our care is paramount to the Pre School and is reflected in many of our policies and procedures.

Statement of Intent:

Our pre-school wants to work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safeguarding of children and to give them the very best start in life.

Our Safeguarding Policy is available in each setting and  upon request, please contact your setting manager to access. Thank you.