Welcome to Sunningwell Pre-School
Welcome to Sunningwell Pre-School

Curriculum, Teaching and Early Years Foundation Stage



Our teaching ethos is learning through play and we are passionate at ensuring teaching is delivered at the correct pace and level for each individual child. We encourage children to work together and develop respect for each other. 

Our teaching approach is inspired by Bruners (1961) scaffolding Theory and Froebels (1852) Theory that play drives learning. 


Each day we set out a range of activities for our children which, with the guidance of our staff, they are encouraged to explore at their own pace and interest.  Our staff get to know your child well and are experienced at following their lead and quickly extending the activity to follow the direction your child wants to go in while helping them reach their full potential. 


As a team we have put a lot of thought and consideration into what we consider teachable moments and quality interactions. We set goals and targets which we as Childcare professionals felt would be important for chilren to learn by the time they leave us to go to primary school. These include: 


  • Asking for help when they need it. 
  • Being able to put on coats and shoes independantly.
  • Using forks and knives to eat with. 
  • Enjoying music and instruments.
  • Exploring books and showing an interest in stories. 
  • Showing an interest in numbers for personal enjoyiment. 
  • Being kind and showing concerns for others. 
  • Being tolerant and accepting of others lives cultures and traditions. 

And many more..



Under pinning this approach is our curriculum which is based upon the Birth to 5 matters Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage and follows statutory  guidelines set out by Ofsted.  Children are observed against this guidance and evidence of each stage being met is recorded for parents to see.


We use Tapestry learning journal, to record and share with you your childs development. 



The areas of learning and development are listed below. (We are now following the Birth to 5 matters guidance)


  • Personal, Social, and Emotional Development
    • Making relationships
    • Sense of self
    • Understanding Emotions


  • Communciation and Language
    • Listening and attention
    • Understanding
    • Speaking


  • Physical Development
    •  Moving and Handling
    • Health and self care



  • Literacy
    • Reading
    • Writing


  • Mathematics


  • Understanding the world
    • People and communities
    • The world
    • Technology


  • Expressive Arts and Design
    • ​Creating with materials
    • Being imaginitive and expressive
      • Being imaginative


For further infomation please see this helpful guide produced by the Deparment for Eductation Parents guide EYFS.PDF




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