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How we provide for Development and Learning

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Beaches Pre-School helps children to do this by providing all the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

Personal, social and emotional development

This area of children's development covers:

  • Having a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them;
  • Having confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements;
  • Being able to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults;
  • Become aware of- and being able to keep to - the rules which we all need to help us look after ourselves, other people and out environment;
  • Being able to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs; and
  • Being able to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and respecting other people's ways of doing things

Communication and Language

This area of children's development covers:

  • Being able to use conversation with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others;
  • Adding to their vocabulary by learning the meaning of, and being able to use new words;
  • Being able to ask question and respond to question asked by others; and
  • Speaking clearly to others and responding to conversation.

Physical development

This area of children's development covers:

  • The gaining control over the large movements that they can make with their arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, and lift;
  • gaining control over the small movements they can make with their arms, wrists and hands, so that they pick and use objects, tools and materials; and
  • learning about the importance of - and how to look after - their bodies.


This area of children's development covers:

  • listening to - and talking about stories;
  • knowing how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information;
  • getting to know the sounds and letters that make up words we use;
  • knowing the purposes for which we use writing; and
  • making their own attempts at writing.


This area of children's development covers:

  • building up ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big;
  • building up ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects;
  • building up ideas about how to use counting to find out how many; and
  • being introduced to finding the result of adding more and taking away from the amount we already have.

Understanding the World

This area children's development covers:

  • finding out about the natural world and how it works;
  • finding out about the man-made world and how it works;
  • learning how to choose- and use- the right tool for a task;
  • learning about technology, how to use it and what it can help us to do;
  • starting to put together ideas about past and present and the link between them;
  • begin to learn about their locally and it special features; and
  • learning about their own and other cultures.

Expressive arts and design

This area of children's development covers:

  • using paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories, and role-play to express their ideas and feelings; and
  • becoming interested in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.

Learning through play

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our setting uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.


We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they, as parents, are supporting development.

Records of achievement

Using a piece of education software called 'Tapestry' every child at Beaches Pre-School will have their own individual learning journal.

By logging on with a secure username and password you will be able to access your child's journal. Parents are only able to view their own child's journey and all information is stored on a highly secure server, which is monitored closely.

Tapestry online learning journeys allow you to view your child's observations and photographs from their time in pre-school, regularly. We will also reference your child's learning to the EYFS profile. This will keep you informed of the areas of leaning in which your child is achieving.