Learning Through Play

We recognise that all children are unique individuals, with their own interests and own way of learning, so every child’s pathway through the Early Years curriculum is planned to suit their own particular needs and interests. While we do investigate general topics as a group, all specific planning is done for each individual child, by his or her Key Person, based on their abilities, needs and interests. “Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.” (EYFS, April 2017) A balance is maintained between the provision of child-led and adult-led activities, and children are actively encouraged to follow their interests, to explore and take risks, to make choices, to think creatively and solve problems, and to learn from their mistakes. All of this supports their development into strong, resilient individuals.

The children also benefit from regular small-group activities, which focus on a particular learning objective, and give children valuable time to engage and interact with their Key Person and one or a few other children. The focus of these activities can be anything in the Early Years curriculum, from learning to share, forming friendships or building confidence, to early maths, language development, phonics and writing, or learning about the world around us, nature, and cultural diversity. Click on the links below for the documents ‘A Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework’ and ‘What to expect, when, a parents’ guide’

All learning, activities and experiences at Oxted Pre-school are underpinned by adherence to the four fundamental British Values of Democracy, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance, and Rule of Law. Please follow the link to find out more about how these values are embedded as an intrinsic part of living and learning at Oxted Pre-school.