Learning and development

Here at Richmond pre-school we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, or EYFS as it is often referred to. This is a set of standards for the level of learning, development and care that children should receive between birth and the end of the academic year in which they are 5. The EYFS runs all the way to the end of a child’s reception year at school.

The EYFS has 7 areas of learning and each of these is split into further sub areas. If ou are interested in finding out more about the EYFS visit the www.foundationyears.org.uk then click on the parents tab and then ‘What to Expect when’. This is a great resource that you can print or download and shows you the different stages of development children go through, what milestones you should expect them to achieve and what you can do at home to help them achieve these.

Every child at Richmond is allocated a key person before they start with us. The key person is responsible for liaising with you, the parents, about how your child is getting on and is there for you talk discuss any achievements and concerns you may have to pass on.

To monitor children's progress we make observations of them in play situations. In order to record these observations and to keep you informed of what your child is doing we use an on-line system called Tapestry. Tapestry enables us to send photos and videos of your child engaged in play and taking part in different activities at pre-school, to you.