CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The Pre – School caring, colorful and stimulating environment provides opportunities for all round development of children which lead to desirable outcomes of early Childhood
The curriculum has been designed to give your child a solid foundation in skills which help them embark on further schooling. It is widely accepted that there can be a great variation in children’s development in this age range and also change and development can be very rapid.

Learning through play

Why is play important in learning?
Experience suggests that the two most basic essentials associated with young children and education are:-

  • Building a positive self image
  • Learning to respect the individuality of each person.

Play is a non threatening way to cope with new learning and retain self esteem, and there are many occasions for repetition which enable children to master academic skills.
Children learn by being actively involved with their environment as they attempt to make sense of the world around them. Young children learn tough active exploration. They watch, explore, create, experiment, discover, experience and manipulate.

Each child is unique with individual needs, experiences and contributions to be valued and therefore should be encouraged to develop as an individual, making their own decisions and initiating their own learning.
Play is children’s work. It is how they learn and make sense of their world. Play can be:-

  • Self initiated and spontaneous
  • A means of self expression
  • Experimental learning
  • For personal development and enjoyment
  • A means for thinking
  • A means of developing and practicing skills
  • A way of nurturing creativity
  • An opportunity to explore, experiment and test ideas

Learning through play is an important feature at this stage to helping to build children’s confidence in their own abilities and encouraging language development through continuous interacting among children and teachers.
A range of activities and key experiences are incorporated into the Playgroup to Reception curriculum with the Montessori Methods of Education and in the Foundation Stage areas of learning. These areas are:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Mathematical Development
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

These provide the challenge and excitement of exposure to new skills within the carefully structured routine which small children need for their optimum development in all areas. Close cooperation among all teachers in the Preschool and with parents ensures awareness and understanding of the individual children’s needs which is reflected in both daily and long term planning.
Note: Long term planning for each age group is available on request.