The time in your child’s life between the age of birth and 5 is called the Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS). This is a very important stage of your child’s development where their experiences should be fun, stimulating, exciting and active.
Staff at the kindergarten are aware of the importance of a stimulating play environment to enable children to develop good social skills and an appreciation for all cultures. It is through play that the babies and young children learn to grow and develop.
The quality of teaching is excellent. All staff consistently support, challenge and inspire children to become active, independent learners.
We recognise that children are the experts when it comes to learning and we allow them to take their own lead in our free play enabled settings. The EYFS recognises that every child is unique with an individual path to learning and a need for the right environment combined with close relationships in order to succeed.
When starting the kindergarten each child is allocated a Key Person, who takes care of their individual needs. The Key Person will follow your child’s journey through their time with us. Parents are free to communicate with their child’s Key Person on a regular basis to keep them up to date with their child’s development and progress.
Key persons are extremely caring, sensitive and attuned to all children’s needs.
We take care of all children with respect and encourage them to listen and respond with the staff and other children. The well-resourced outdoor and indoor environments at the kindergartens enable the children to explore free play and movement.
For more information on the EYFS, please ask your child’s Key Person or the manager. There are information packs available in reception. Observations and assessments are recorded regularly to ensure continuous development at any time. Checks are carried out when children are 2 years. Parents are welcome to discuss their child’s development at any time. Personal reports are regularly made to parents on their child’s progress. Parent’s evening and consultations are organised, reports and transitional information which can be passed on to school.
At Torrisholme and Morecambe Kindergartens, the curriculum covers all areas of a child’s learning. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual child. Each child has a learning journey that follows their development through their time at the kindergarten. Parents are welcome to view and discuss the learning journeys at any time. Parents can arrange meetings with their child’s key person at any time. For more details see the Partnership with Parents section.