Key Person System
Your child will be allocated a Key Person. Each Key Person has special responsibilities for working with a small group of children, giving them the reassurance to feel safe and cared-for, and building relationships with you as their parents/carers. Your child’s Key Person will regularly talk to you in order to make sure that your child is being cared for appropriately while they are with us. If you have any questions or concerns, or need to pass on information about issues that may be affecting your child’s behaviour, please talk to your child’s Key Person or to one of the Managers.
Observations and assessments of your child’s development and progress during their time at Pre-School are recorded in an online Learning Journey called Tapestry. You will be required to sign an agreement not to put any of the contents onto social media before you will be granted access. You will then be given a special code that will allow you to view the observations, which include photographs and videos. You will be able to add to your child's developmental journey yourself and post comments. You are welcome to print off a hard-copy or download a copy of your child's Learning Journey at any point.
Pre-School also operates a Home Contact Book system for the 2-3 year olds, in which your child’s Key Person will record your child’s activities once a week. Parents/carers can also use the Home Contact Book in order to let Pre-School know about anything significant that is happening in their child’s world that may affect their temperament, development or behaviour.
Pre-School works within the framework of the EYFS or Early Years Foundation Stage, which helps children’s learning and development to progress through three prime areas of learning and development:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language and four specific areas:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
To see these principles in action, take a look at the classroom walls, where learning plans and completed projects are always on view. Learning Journeys too will also track your child’s progress and you can discuss how we implement the EYFS at any time or during parents’ evenings with your child’s key person.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, social and emotional development involves 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.
- Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
The full document is available from gov.uk under Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage