Sending your child to one of the many pre-schools in Folkestone for the first time can be somewhat daunting – but don’t worry! There are many wonderful establishments out there and, with public Ofsted reports widely available, you can do your research before commencing the application process. The question is, once they’ve been accepted, what can you – and your youngster – expect during their first educational experience?
The Early Years Foundation Stage Explained
Pre-school is all about having fun, of course. But, believe it or not, all early years teachers and educators must follow specific guidelines to ensure all children have a solid basis of knowledge before they start year one of school. The ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from 0-5 years, and covers many different areas. These include:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
It is rather impressive, isn’t it? Essentially, teachers need to prepare varied and interesting lesson plans that cover all of the above. So, while your child might come home tired after a fun and interactive day, they’re cleverly picking up those all-important skills that will prepare them for year one. But what exactly does this entail?
Educational programmes and activities
In-class activities evolve around developing skills such as:
Communication and language
Tasks are designed to encourage children to communicate and develop their language skills. Everything from putting on a school play to doing show and tell will brighten a child’s day and ensure they’re on the path to overall success.
Your child will get the chance to run around and play – all in the name of education. Healthy body, healthy mind and the importance of movement are all highlighted in early years education.
Children will be given access to a wide range of literature including storybooks and poetry. The teacher should spend quality time with their class reading and discussing topics.
You’re never too young to learn, which is why mathematics plays an important role in early education. Children will be introduced to numbers 1-10 and start to experiment with simple addition and subtraction problems.
Understanding the world
Children will be made aware of the world around them. All lesson plans are different but popular themes include transport, technology, nature, animals, types of families and more.
Expressive arts and design
Getting creative is one of the best ways to learn, which is why youngsters will be provided with a wide range of arts and crafts materials in order to experiment with. They’ll enjoy free time to do as they please as well as organised tasks to help guide them in the right direction. They’ll also be given the chance to share their thoughts, opinions and feelings about certain activities.
As well as art, children can enjoy a wide array of activities involving music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Every day at pre-school is designed to be fun, vibrant and educational, helping your child to feel loved, comfortable and happy in an environment away from home.
At Rainbow Pre-School Folkestone, we are dedicated practitioners who follow the Early Years Foundation Stage education and development cycle. Find out more about us by contacting the pre-school on 07979 323260 today.