Setting Provisions 

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​"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
​2-Year Old Preschool Class


Our main focus for this age is on the three prime areas, which are Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional development and Physical development.

 

Communication and Language includes: Listening and Attention, Understand and Speaking.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development includes: Managing Relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness and Managing Feelings and Behavior

Physical development includes: Moving and Handling and Health and Self-care

 

​3-4 Year Old Preschool Class

Our focus for this age is the three prime areas and four specific areas. The specific areas include Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

 

Communication and Language includes: Listening and Attention, Understand and Speaking.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development includes: Managing Relationships, Self-confidence and Self-awareness and Managing Feelings and Behavior

Physical development includes: Moving and Handling and Health and Self-care

Literacy includes: Reading and Writing

Mathematics includes: Numbers and Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World includes: People and Communities, The World and Technology

Expressive Arts and Design includes: Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative
 

Sensory Room

The sensory room is a dedicated space that aims to offer an enriching environment that will help the children's learning and development.

 

Sensory learning is so important for all children across different ages. When children are offered toys and objects for them to look at, listen to, smell, touch or feel on their bodies they will respond in numerous ways. Our sensory room provides an environment in which they are able to experience special sounds, visual effects and tactile experiences. The educational activities in the sensory room focus on particular senses such as feel, sight, sound and smell.  This creates a very special space where the children are able to relax and broaden their learning through different ways of learning. 

​Breakfast Club Room

For the children who start between 0800 and 0830 we offer a healthy nutritional breakfast for them. After they have eaten they are able to explore and play within the room. Breakfast is included in the hourly fee. 

 

Forest School

Our Forest School has recently opened in April 2021. Outdoor learning has always been a very important approach to us here at Duke of Gloucester Playgroup; which is why we decided to create our own Forest School located just opposite our setting. Our forest school provides the children with a specialised learning environment that offers them regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in our natural woodland environment.

 

The newly equipped Forest School has its own Mud Kitchen where the children are able to use natural resources and our water pump to create their own masterpieces. Also located at the Forest School is log-seated area where the children are able to listen to stories and relax, also our Outdoor Learning Teepee where the children can learn and develop their new set of skills that they have learnt whilst being in our natural enviornment. 

​Outdoor Learning within the Garden

Continuing from our ethos of outdoor learning, we offer a free flow approach where the children are able to play outside in our wonderfully equipped garden for the majority of the day if they wish too. Within our garden we have a mud kitchen, climbing frame and a teepee where the children are able to explore and play. 

 

We continue our learning from inside to outside, offering the children plenty of opportunities to access different adult supported activities and in the moment planning where the children are able to initiate their own play. 

 

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS)

Access the the EYFS here: 

www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf