Early Years Foundation Stage

We believe that children learn best through first hand experiences and by using their senses.  We provide a range of activities that are interesting, enjoyable, challenging and fun!  Children are encouraged to explore, experiment, question, investigate, discover, create, practise and consolidate their developing understanding, knowledge and skills.

The Early Years Foundation Stage principles are designed to celebrate the importance of play and learning by putting the child back at the heart of Early Years practice.

The EYFS curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning, three Prime Areas and four Specific Areas.  The Prime Areas of Learning and Development ensure that the children learn and develop key life skills and these are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Areas of Learning and Development are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Child-initiated learning is at the heart of our practice and we ensure that the children are a key part of our planning process.  We observe their play and plan around their interests.

For more information on the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) please click on the link below.

EYFS Pupil Premium Funding

The Government has provided a package of early years pupil support funding money delegated from central Government to schools, based on a number of measures. This is known as Early Years Pupil Premium funding. These measures include eligibility for children whose parents meet certain financial criteria and children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months.
At Little Acorns Probus Pre-school we are using our pupil premium funding primarily to support narrowing the gap for disadvantaged pupils and supporting them in making better than expected progress in comparison to their peers. The majority of our pupil premium allocation is spent on teaching – providing one-to-one tuition to help individual children raise their attainment, small group teaching support in addition to the class teacher, and in class support. Additionally, funding is provided to enable pupil premium funded pupils to attend residential visits and trips and also extra-curricular activities such as French lessons.