Children's Welfare, Development and Learning

Our provision for children's welfare, development and learning is guided by the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This supports the learning and welfare of all children aged 0 to 5 years and helps to ensure each child is ready for school and prepared for future learning and successes.

It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that we must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide the way the staff engage with your child via play and activities as they learn new skills
  • Assessments we carry out and share with you each term that tell you about your child's progress


The 7 areas of learning and development are split into two sections:

Children are encouraged to develop the following 3 prime areas first deemed most essential for healthy development and future learning :

  1. communication and language
  2. physical development
  3. personal, social and emotional development


As children grow these 3 prime areas will help them to develop skills in the following 4 specific areas:

  1. literacy
  2. mathematics
  3. understanding the world
  4. expressive arts & design

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Our staff team will plan your child's learning and activities according to these 7 areas, they are designed to be flexible to incorporate your child's unique interests and needs. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

At Speen Pre-School we ensure each and every child :

  • has a key worker who is your main point of contact, helps your child to feel happy and safe and is responsible for your child's care, development and learning
  • is learning in a safe and stimulating environment
  • has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together
  • is encouraged to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do
  • is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop


Progress Check

For each of the 7 areas of learning and development, the EYFS guidance sets out Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by age 2 and by the end of their reception year at school aged 5.

If we are the main setting for your child's Pre-School education, The Progress Check at age 2 will be carried out about a month after they have joined us. We will share this information with yourselves as well as any other settings your child may attend, for example a childminder. This check highlights areas where your child is progressing well and any where they might need extra support.

We encourage all parents to ask our staff questions about their child. We also ask parents to share their knowledge and understanding of their child, likes & dislikes and any new skills they might be learning at home to help us to build the best possible picture of each child.

For more detailed information on the EYFS framework, please refer to the website below or ask a member of staff: