Developing Your Child’s Potential

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.

The four themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) underpin all the guidance. These are:

  • A Unique Child – every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Enabling Environments – children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parent and carers.
  • Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


Areas of Learning and Development

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

Areas of Learning and Development Aspect
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Making relationships
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Physical Development Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and Language Listening and attention

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

Areas of Learning and Development Aspect
Literacy Reading
Mathematics Numbers
Shape, space and measure
Understanding  the World People and communities
The world
Expressive Arts and Design Exploring and using media and materials
Being imaginative

Learning Journey

At St. Cuthbert’s Pre-school Playgroup we aim to support children’s learning and development through observations as they play and interact during activities. We learn from parents what your child’s interests are at home and adapt our planning to maximise their involvement.

We use the Tapestry Online Learning Journey to document your child’s development. Click here to find out more about Tapestry.

Observations, photos, videos and pieces of your child’s work will be collected electronically using Tapestry and record for their individual learning journey.

Your child’s Key Person will analyse their observations and decide what they tell us about your child. Progress will be mapped onto the child’s ‘Development Statement’ to identify possible areas in which to challenge and extend the child’s current learning and development.

Staff attend monthly planning meetings and will incorporate your child’s needs and interests into the next month’s planning.

Your child’s learning journey is always available through Tapestry and we encourage parents/carers to input observations and share news of special events.

A termly meeting is held with the Key Person to review Learning Journeys.