Hampstead Garden Suburb Pre-School
Free Church Hall, Northway,
London NW11 6PB
Tel: 07785 995412
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The Early Years Foundations Stage

A High Quality Curriculum:

  • Registered pre-school education providers follow a nine-point policy for a high quality curriculum.
  • Is in the hand of practitioners
  • Is dependent on practitioners and parents working together
  • Ensures that children are secure and confident
  • Respects different languages, cultural experiences and special needs of all children
  • Builds on what children know already and extends their interests
  • Uses valued approaches and teaching methods
  • Recognises feelings and involves other people
  • Encourages children to learn for themselves
  • Is dynamic

The pre-school Learning Alliance philosophy is that children learn through play and in line with this we offer lightly structured sessions with a range of activities. All children are encouraged to learn when the time is right and each child's progress is carefully observed to ensure their individual needs are met. We work with smaller groups at story time and at circle time to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to express themselves and build self-confidence. All children come together to enjoy the social development of sharing a healthy and nutritious snack, consisting of fruit, savoury biscuit and a drink. This is also the time when any celebrations are enjoyed.

A "key-person" will be allocated to each child and their family for the duration of their time at the setting. Overseen by the Manager Sam Hobbs and the Deputy Maria Bukovenczki, the "key-person" will be responsible for recording observations of the child's progress, planning activities appropriate to the child's stage of development and for liaising with families. Consultations are held each term to discuss the child's progress and in the term before the child moves on to Reception Year, we produce a transition record ("All About Me" booklet), which will help the child's new teacher to get to know them and help them to settle into their new environment. Upon request, the child's progress file is available for you to see at any time. Should you have any particular worries or concerns regarding the child, please speak with the Manager, Sam Hobbs.

We believe that parental involvement is an essential part of the child's progress within the pre-school. We encourage parents/carers to get involved with the group by spending one morning per term with us, as we believe this creates an atmosphere of familiarity and friendship.

We encourage equal opportunities through play and stories. We welcome parents/carers to share their cultures with us through food, costume and traditions.