Our philosophy at Stacks is that children are active learners in the Early Years Foundation Stage and they learn best though play.
We believe each child deserves the best possible start in life, and that children who experience high quality early years provision achieve better outcomes and develop abilities that are needed to become lifelong learners, we do this by...
Early years and foundation stage (eyfs)
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the Pre-School. We plan activities to meet individual children’s needs. We plan activities inside and outside each day. We focus on the 7 Prime Areas of Learning.
Communication and language development
We give 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.
We provide opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development
We work with children as individuals to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; helping them to form positive relationships and develop respect for each other. We support them to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. We also support them to understand how to behave in groups; and to also have confidence in their own individual abilities.
We share a wide range of books with children, story books, factual books, rhymes and poems. We teach phonics and encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
We provide 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 measure.
Understanding the world
We teach children to make sense of their physical world and their community giving them opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment .
Expressive arts and design
We enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, they are also free to express their ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
We work in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to ensure individual children’s needs and interests are being met. We share information with them daily and meet regularly with them to set children’s next steps in learning, this includes events such as parent’s evenings, book readings and performances put on by our Pre-School.