What goes on at Playgroup?

As your child progresses through the education system, you will hear much about the Early Years Foundation Stage, Early Learning Goals, Areas of Learning and Development, the National Curriculum, Key Stages and SATS. As a pre-school group, we are primarily concerned with the first three of these and hopefully this introduction will shed a glimmer of light onto what actually goes on at Penhill Playgroupin relation to them.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is about helping young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic wellbeing, through setting standards for learning, development and care that young children should experience outside their family home. These standards are about developing key skills such as listening, speaking, thinking, concentration, persistence and learning to work together and co-operate with other children.

Early Learning Goalsare the goals for learning for your children to reach by the end of their Reception year at school. They emphasise early communication, literacy, numeracy and the development of personal and social skills, and contribute to children's knowledge, understanding and skills in other areas.

Each child has an Early Years Foundation Stage Learning Journal, which is a folder of their work and progress, to which you are invited to contribute. In here, you will find details of your child’s progress and achievements in the seven areas of learning and development: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Here at Penhill Playgroup, we provide a wide range of stimulating activities and resources to satisfy curious minds and we encourage the children to explore and learn through play. Our planning ensures equality of opportunity, is flexible, builds on your child’s previous experiences and responds to your child’s unique needs and interests. All children, however, progress at different rates and individual achievement will vary.

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