Early Years teaching and independent play

Your child’s happiness and development is very important to us and we design our daily programme to make sure every child has a healthy balance of group teaching, one-to-one work and personal time to initiate their own play.

The curriculum we offer to children from two months to five years old is developed in line with the Early Years Foundation stage guidelines, set out by Central Government. The guidelines include seven key areas of learning, separated into Prime and Specific areas:

Prime:
  • Personal,social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Specific areas:

  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge of the world
  • Creative development
  • Literacy

We teach phonics in a fun way which provides a very strong foundation for the development of reading skills. Both phonics and reading are thoroughly encouraged by the wide range of story books and jigsaw puzzles we make available in each classroom.

To develop mathematical skills we employ lots of practical learning techniques, such as numbering our stairs, which children count very naturally as they go up and down. At meal times we ask children to lay the table, to develop their ability to put out the right number of plates and cups for the children in their class.

Alongside the core curriculum we also offer a range of other activities that our children benefit from – everything from weekly music lessons to racket and ball skills.

We also take children out on trips to the theatres and museums in London and to our local forest and parks.

Encouraging physical activity is an important part of the education we provide and our own garden is well-equipped with a wooden train, tent and climbing frame, as well as numerous other imaginary and sensory play areas.

We have an artificial lawn that allows our garden to be used throughout the year, so everyone gets plenty of fresh air.