We believe children learn best when they fell safe and happy, we therefore offer learning opportunities through a combination of play-based and adult guided experiences.

We believe children learn best when they fell safe and happy; therefore, we offer learning opportunities through a combination of play-based and adult-guided experiences.


Each child will be allocated a key person, who will get to know you and your child. They will also be responsible for observing your child in their play in order to ascertain their development levels and needs.


They then use their observations to plan activities that will interest your child and support them in their learning. Each child’s learning and development will be recorded in the form of written observations and photos in a ‘Learning journey folder’. At the end of your child’s time with us, your child's 'Learning journey folder' is presented to you for you to keep.

Early Years Foundation Stage


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child in 7 areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional

  • Communication and language

  • Physical

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding of the world

  • Expressive arts and design

Your child will mostly be taught through games and play.

In conjunction with all our toys / resources and traditional type games, such as board games, we also like to offer opportunities children may not experience at home such as sensory / messy play. Theses types of play include:

  • Playing with gloop (Corn flour and water)

  • Play dough

  • Jelly play

  • Ice play

  • Shaving foam play

  • Getting messy with paints

  • Making mud pies

  • Water

  • Sand


We therefore recommend your children wear old clothes that you will not be upset about if they become ruined through play. (We currently do not have a uniform for the children).


We also offer outdoor play all year round, and recommend you dress your child appropriately. Even if being brought to pre-school by car, please provide hats, gloves and a jacket in the colder months.


On occasions we will take the opportunity to go for short walks around the local area, visit Boughton pocket park or the local park.



We offer a library system, so your child can chose a book to take home. You can keep it for as long as your child is enjoying listening to the story, then bring it back and we will ask your child to chose a different one.


Stay and play

At any time you wish we also offer you the opportunity to ‘Stay and play’. Our open door policy means you can stay and play on any of the sessions that your child attends pre-school, and you will always be welcomed.


In addition, we also offer ‘Stay and play weeks’ where you have the opportunity to stay and play on any of the sessions your child attends for the whole session or for part of the session, it is totally up to you.


We offer stay and play so that you can see your child playing and learning, observing first hand how your child interacts with their peers and the staff. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know the staff a little better. We usually run our stay and play week during the last week of each term.

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