Our Curriculum

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
(Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage, September, 2012)

We regard the provision we make for such development to be one of our strengths. Our curriculum is based on structured play and we have a high adult/child ratio.

We were inspected by Ofsted in June 2018 and received a grading of GOOD. To view our most recent Ofsted report please click here.


What the children do

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Ecclesall Pre-school helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development. Our pre-school curriculum is underpinned by the Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The guidance divides children’s learning into seven areas. For each area, the guidance sets out early learning goals which state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education. We use the guidance to help us to track each child’s progress and to enable us to provide the right activities to help all the children move towards achievement of the early learning goals.

Sometimes we may have a core activity for the whole group to access, but the organisation and planning is sufficiently flexible for us to be able to follow up and develop children’s interests and to extend child-initiated learning. You can view our current focus for learning and a summary of our weekly planning in the ‘parents‘ section of our website and  on the parents’ notice board in the corridor. This explains what your child will be learning from the planned activities. You are very welcome to speak to us about the week’s activities and look at our more detailed planning sheets; please ask and we will be happy to show them to you.


Special Education Needs/Disabilities

We welcome all children at this pre-school. We accept children with additional needs in accordance with our admissions policy provided that you, the pre-school staff and other professionals feel that your child’s needs can be met in the context of the group setting. We are committed to partnership and we have a trained Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who will liaise with you. If your child needs additional support this may be provided through application for an Early Intervention Grant.


Observations and Assessment

It is important to track children’s progress in order to offer them appropriate activities. We keep observation records on all our children, and all staff contribute to these records which are used to inform our curriculum planning.

We recognise that children develop at different rates, and activities are differentiated on the basis of the stage your child is at, not the age they have reached. We also believe that, whilst it is important to observe children, this should always be done in a relaxed and non-threatening way and that children should never be labelled or put under pressure.

You can read your child’s parent/pre-school observation record by arrangement with your child’s key person and you are encouraged to add your comments and record anything your child achieves at home. You will also be offered regular progress meetings with your child’s key person. At the end of your child’s time at pre-school you will be invited to contribute to the transition document which will be passed on to your child’s reception teacher. We believe in recording positive achievement and in working together to provide as full a picture as possible of your child as an individual.