The curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins all future learning by promoting and developing:
- Personal, social and emotional wellbeing
- Positive attitudes and dispositions towards learning
- Social Skills
- Attention skill and persistence
- Language and communication
- Problem solving, reasoning and numbering
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Play in the Foundation Stage
Through play our children explore and develop the learning experiences that help them make sense of the world. They practice and build up their ideas, learn how to control themselves and begin to understand the need for rules. They think creatively both alongside other children and on their own.
Inclusion in the Foundation Stage
We give all our children every opportunity to achieve their best. At Cumnor House Kindergarten & Pre-School we set realistic and challenging expectations to meet the needs of our children, so that children achieve the Early Learning Goals. We help them do this by planning to meet the needs of children who are more able, of children with disabilities, of children from all social and cultural backgrounds, of children from different ethnic groups and from diverse linguistic backgrounds.
The Early Years Foundation Stage profile is the nationally employed formative assessment tool that enables teachers to record their observations and to summarise their pupils’ progress using the ‘next steps’ format. We make regular assessments of children’s learning and we use this information to ensure that future planning reflects identified needs. Assessment in the nursery takes the form of observations.
Music at Cumnor House Kindergarten & Pre-School
We are fortunate to have talented musicians on each Early Years staff team at Purley and South Croydon. This enables us to offer each child expert additional music lessons where they experience instruments being played to accompany singing times.
Fit for Life
All children in their second year of nursery (in which the children have their 4th birthday) have a weekly lesson with a member of the games staff from the main school. The teachers are wonderful role models and getting to know them well also supports a smooth transition into Reception.