How our Children Learn

Children under five need activities and resources appropriate for their own developmental needs.  We are committed to working towards the aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage 

Children thrive in this highly inspiring environment. All children are making rapid progress and some are exceeding expected levels of development" Ofsted 2016

The curriculum is delivered through play in the following prime and specific areas:

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 We help children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Communication and Language

Children are given opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Kirkroyds Pre-school has taken part in a National Strategy called ECAT (Every Child A Talker) and the setting is now recognised by Kirklees as an exemplary setting for children’s speech and language.

Physical Development

We provide opportunities for children to be active and interactive; and develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.  We have a secure outdoor play area that is used throughout the year, with a climbing wall, decking area, gardening areas and a gravel pit to dig in.
Whilst we strongly encourage independence and the importance of self-care, children are not required to be toilet trained before they start pre-school.

Specific Areas
We encourage children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

We provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World
We guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. 

Expressive Arts and Design
We enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
At pre-school I like painting, getting messy, gardening, playing with friends at horses, painting with my fingers and I love playing outside. Doing numbers and having lunch.” Child aged 4