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Our Curriculum

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by North Hinksey Preschool helps children to continue to do this by providing them with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.

For three and four year old children, the preschool provides a curriculum for the revised Early Years Foundation Stage of education. This curriculum is set out in a document, published by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education and Skills, and called Curriculum guidance for the foundation stage.

Click here for parents guide to EYFS (2018)


The importance of 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 think. North Hinksey Preschool uses the early learning goals and children's PLODS (possible lines of development) to 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. In all activities information from the early learning goals and PLODS has been used to decide what resources to provide, and in what way.

Forest School

Each week we are able to run one or two Forest School sessions, depending on the time of year. The children attend in small groups with qualified Forest School Leaders, on the adjoining School's Forest school site. Click here for more information on Forest Schools.

Outdoor Explorers

We feel it is important for the children in our care to gain experiences outside of our setting, within their local community, so we take them out and about in small groups for trips to places of interest. This can really stimulate their communication and engage them in all sorts of new experiences. Click here for more information.

Working together for your children

Pre-school has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting. This helps us to

• give time and attention to each child
• talk with the children about their interests and activities
• help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide
• allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety


What are the key ways that young children learn?

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