Combe Pre-school follows the new Government Curriculum for children from birth to seven years of age.

The 4 main Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage which we endorse at Combe are: 

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 Environment: 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 a different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected 


 

Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace.  Our keyperson system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which enables children to progress towards the early learning goals throughout the Foundation Stage and prepares them for the National Curriculum, which begins at Year 1 in primary school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of 7 areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are connected to one another and are equally important. All areas of learning and development are underpinned by the Principles of the Foundation Stage.

Safeguarding

We are committed to building a 'culture of safety' in which the children in our care are protected from abuse and harm. Any suspicions of abuse is promptly and appropriately responded to. We comply with local and national child protection procedures and ensure that all staff are appropriately trained.  For more details see our Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policy.

Prevent Duty

Our setting complies with The Government's Prevent Duty to help prevent children being drawn into extremism. Our staff are vigilant and are required to inform our designated safeguarding leads, who will contact the relevant agencies if they suspect children are being exposed to extremism. Protecting children from extremism forms part of our settings safeguarding procedures and is an Ofsted requirement.

British Values

We actively teach British Values in our setting which means providing a curriculum which 'actively promotes the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs'.
To do this Practitioners will:
  • Listen to children,
  • Share appropriate information with parents,
  • Listen to parents,
  • Reports concerns,
  • Challenge negative behaviour,
  • Focus on what children need,
  • Support children's Personal, Social and Emotional development by helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others: to develop social skills  and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Equality & Diversity

Our group believes that no child or family should be excluded from Pre-school activities on the grounds of gender, ability / disability, race, religion or cultural beliefs. We aim to ensure that all those who work in, or wish to volunteer to help with our Pre-school have an equal chance to do so. Our full equality and diversity policy can be found within the our prospectus pack. 

Special Educational Needs

We aim to provide equality of opportunity for all members of our group, and this includes children with special educational needs.  The number of adults present in the pre-school enables us to provide individual attention for each child.  Each child is able to progress at her/his own rate in all areas of development, and this is true for children with and without disabilities or learning difficulties.  We are trained to work in close liaison with professionals across the range of special needs, and we operate in accordance with the government’s Code of Practice on special educational needs. If you would like to discuss the group's ability to meet your own child's special needs, please talk to the pre-school leader or your child's keyworker. Our full special needs policy is available within our policies pack.

RISING 5's Information

Each year we offer a rising 5's club which is focused on easing the transition of children from Pre-School to Primary School.

Our Aims & Objectives

  • To practice self care skills such as dressing and undressing for physical education, taking self to toilet and being able to manage hygiene skills required, putting own shoes and coats on and off and managing to open own lunch boxes and food containers
  • Edwin bear activity bags - in addition to the normals sessions bags Edwin Bear will be visiting each child. More complex stores, games and puzzles related to school will be included
  • Stories to positively reinforce school
  • Practice name writing using variety of writing material and hopefully learn to write first name without name cards - some children progress to surnames
  • Homework - We offer optional homework, to promote handwriting skills
  • Reading books and book bags - Each week children can choose a different story book to take home and share with their family. Picture book will also be included. 
  • Improve concentration & listening skills through table top games and puzzles
  • Letter recognition and phonics games, including simple phonics spelling
  • Rhyming Games
  • Physical Education and movement sessions
  • More complex art activities

We also encourage feedback and input from parents on their objectives and aims of child attendance

 

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