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THE PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

The Preschool aims in partnership with parents, to develop each child’s potential as a unique individual in a secure, caring environment. Each child follows a broad balanced curriculum, which fulfils the developmental needs of all the children attending, through challenging and stimulating play activities.

The group follows the Preschool Curriculum for Preschool Education, which is set out under six headings. These are as follows:

LANGUAGE

Communication skills develop when children have access to a wide variety of play activities and are encouraged to talk about their feelings and achievements to one another and to adults during their play.

Adults will be available to listen to and talk with children in a relaxed atmosphere.

Children have access to a well-stocked library.

Children have opportunity to listen to stories and rhymes.

Children enjoy and share books with each other and engage in role-play

Children are encouraged to be aware of print in the environment

Children have access to a variety of painting and writing materials.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Appropriate opportunities should be provided in the Preschool for children to develop personal and social values and attitudes;

Learn to co-operate, take turns and share within play activities.

Children will experience the therapeutic value of working with materials.

Children will engage in activities that will help them to explore emotions and come to terms with fears for example through stories, the media initiative and role play i.e. hospital, doctors, school.

MATHEMATICS

Play is an effective vehicle for fostering mathematical concepts and developing positive attitudes to mathematics.

As children play they will develop awareness of space / size / colour / order and pattern.

They will also develop an awareness and value of number through rhymes, songs, stories and one to one correspondence i.e. “Can you bring me two pencils”?

THE WORLD AROUND US.

Children will have opportunity to experiment with a wide variety of play materials.

Talk about topics, which arise naturally from children’s own experience, for example holidays, festive season and birthdays.

Talk about themselves, members of their families, events past and present.

Use senses to explore the immediate inside and outside environment.

Play with simple floor maps, small vehicles and learn about road safety through the Tufty programme.

Encourage to tidy away toys and equipment after use.

Children will explore and experiment with different types of equipment and materials.

They will have opportunities to observe how things work and changes that take place for example in water play – melting ice or chocolate, cooking vegetables.

Use their senses as they feel different textures.

Observe and respect living things.

PHYSICAL

Children will have access to a wide variety of appropriate small and large equipment to develop fine / large motor skills.

They will for example have opportunity to button doll’s clothes in the home corner.

Screw on lids in shop play

Pour water into narrow necked bottles in water play.

Use scissors to cut various kinds of materials.

Engage in tabletop activities, such as jigsaws.

Use large apparatus such as climbing frame, balance beams, slide etc.

Have opportunities to extend skills of running, hoping, jumping, climbing, throwing and catching.

Have access to the outside play area and activities.

THE ARTS.

Children will be given opportunities to work with large amounts of dough and clay to explore.

Children will participate in simple musical activities.

Children will have opportunities to work with materials of different textures.

They will be encouraged to make pictures, models and create their own ideas.

Opportunities for painting, printing and drawing with paper of different colours, shapes and sizes.

Children’s work will be displayed within the setting to encourage their creativity.