Community Corner Preschool

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Early Years Foundation Stage

Children start to learn about their world from the moment they are born. The care & education we offer helps children to continue their learning by providing them with interesting activities that are right for their ages & stages of development.


For children between the age of 2 & 5 our pre-school provides a curriculum for the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' of development. This curriculum is set out in the document 'Practice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage' which is published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.


Children's learning & development is divided into three 'Prime' areas, fundamental in laying the foundations to support development in all other areas, and four 'Specific' areas that cover essential skills & knowledge. For each area the guidance sets out early learning goals. These goals define what is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.


For each early learning goal the guidance sets out 'Development Matters', which describe the stages through which children are likely to pass as they move towards achievement of the goal. We use the early learning goals and their 'Development Matters' to help us track each child's progress and to enable us to provide the right activities and experiences to aid that achievement.  


Interconnected with & weaving through the 'Prime' & 'Specific' areas of learning are the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'; underpinning the Unique Child's learning across all areas, supporting her/him in becoming & remaining an effective & motivated learner.










Playing and exploring - engagement



Active learning - motivation



Creating and thinking critically - thinking
























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Play helps children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think.

Community Corner Pre-school uses the early learning goals and their 'Development Matters' to plan and provide a range of play activities and experiences which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development. In some of these activities the children decide how they will use the activity; in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the child to take part.





Special Educational Needs

Our aim is for each & every unique child to enjoy, achieve and reach their full potential. We know, in their hearts, parents/carers want the best possible opportunities for their child. We aim to ensure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, in doing so we take account of any special needs that a child may have, and we work alongside parents/carers to provide the support that is needed to achieve our aim.


Our Special Educational Needs policy & our Equal Opportunities Policy outlines our aims with regard to special needs and we work to the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, The Education Act 1996 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001. We have regard to and follow the guidance set out in the Code of Practice (The Children and Families Act 2014) and we make 'reasonable adjustments' for children with disabilities and do not treat any child less favourably.


Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) Chris Hogg & deputy SENCo Nikki Lewis both hold specific SEN qualifications and they regularly attend available training to update. Chris is the point of contact for everyone involved, she will liase with parents/carers, key-workers and outside agencies. We have worked with a range of other professionals including Speech & Language Therapists, the Portage Service, Consultant Community Paediatricians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Specialist Teachers, and the Early Years Inclusion Team to ensure our provision is right for our children and to ensure individuals get the level of support they need.