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Welcome to Cromdale Way Preschool and thank you for registering your interest with us.

We know how important your child is and aim to deliver the highest quality of care and education to help

them to achieve their best start.

Here we aim to provide you with an introduction to Cromdale Way Preschool, our routines and our

approach to supporting your child’s learning and development

Our setting aims to:

-provide high quality care and education for children

-work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop

-add to the life and well-being of the local community

-offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity 

Parents are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:

-valued and respected

-kept informed



-included at all levels

Children's development and learning

We aim to ensure that each child:

-is in a safe and stimulating environment

-is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as

volunteer helpers

-has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together

-is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he

already knows and can do

-has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress

-is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop

-is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers

How we provide for learning and development

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and

education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all the children with

interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

The Areas of Learning and Development comprise:

Prime Areas

- Personal, social and emotional development.

- Physical development.

- Communication and language.

Specific Areas

- Literacy.

- Mathematics.

- Understanding the world.

- Expressive arts and design.

For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early

Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that

children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.





Our educational programmes support children to develop the

knowledge, skills and understanding they need for:

Personal, social and emotional development


-managing self

-building relationships

Physical development

-gross motor skills

-fine motor skills

Communication and language

-listening, attention and understanding




-word reading




-numerical patterns

Understanding the world

-past and present

-people, culture and communities

-the natural world

Expressive arts and design

-creating with materials​

-being imaginative and expressive

Our approach to learning and development and assessment

Learning through play

Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking.

This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS

statutory education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress

in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise

for themselves and activities planned and led by practitioners

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Early Years Foundation Stage as:

playing and exploring - engagement

active learning - motivation

creating and thinking critically - thinking

We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child engages with

learning and being clear about what we can do and provide to support each child to remain an effective and

motivated learner


We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them. We use information that we

gain from observations of the children, to understand their progress and where this may be leading them.

We believe that parents know their children best and we will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing

information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting


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