Child Led Learning

Early years foundation stage (EYFS)

At Alston Preschool we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which covers children’s learning and development from birth to 5 years. The EYFS is designed to deliver improved outcomes for all children across every area of learning and development. Effective practice in the early years is based on 4 key principles:

  • Learning and Development; recognising that children learn and develop in different ways and at different speeds. And that all areas of learning and development are interconnected and equally important.
  • Enabling Environments; recognising that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • Positive Relationship; recognising that respect, partnerships with parents, supporting learning and strong key persons play an instrumental role in helping children be strong and independent.
  • A Unique Child; recognising that every child is a competent learner.

Tapestry is an online learning journal that lets parents see how their children are progressing through their time at Alston Preschool. It includes statements from our early years practitioners and has a section where parents can add their own comments and photos from home. Tapestry is fully secure and Early Years Foundation Stage approved. Tapestry also creates a two way communication between our staff and parents and carers.

In the moment planning-
At Alston Preschool we are always researching new ideas and practices. We believe that each child learns in a unique way, to facilitate each individual we do ‘In the moment planning’. Planning in the moment is all about seizing the moment for children to progress. Our staff will use the children’s curiosity and interest to inform planning and assess learning through observing their play.

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