Norland Pre-School
& Out of School Care
Long Term Plan : creating a  welcoming environment where your child can thrive

Themes & Principles

Our Practice

Unique Child
Every child is a Unique Child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.

Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Learning and Development
Children learn and develop in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Our Pre-School promotes the importance of the unique and individual child. Each child has their own learning journey file and the ‘pre-schoolers’ each have a termly IAP (individual activity plan), these are maintained by the child’s keyworker.
Children’s work is displayed in and around our Pre-School in a variety of ways.
Children are encouraged to bring in pictures of special things they have done at home, the information is then shared with practitioners and peers, encouraging children to share their own particular interests with us.

Our keyworker system ensures that all the children have the opportunity to relate to and bond with their own special person and create a secure relationship, however, we do feel strongly that as we are a small setting our children do get close to all members of staff as well as their keyworker.
We have strong partnerships with our parents, which reflect positively on the way in which our children are able to form relationships with others.
We have a lending library with books on all occasions which can help children to adapt to new situations, such as moving house, a new baby and the transition into school.

We encourage self selected activities and child initiated play. All planning is child led, focusing on the individual child’s interests. We promote free flow play throughout all areas of Pre-School. All activities are encouraged both indoors and outdoors.
The daily routine and environment both promote independence, eg, all toys are accessible with pictured labels on them, name cards and self registration are used to gain name recognition and self help skills are encouraged such as putting on own coats and shoes.
We have locks all on all doors and gates ensuring child safety. This safe and welcoming environment is enriched with challenging and exciting toys and equipment throughout all spaces indoors and out.

To ensure that our children are able to learn and develop, we provide endless opportunities for children to extend their own learning. Throughout the Pre-school all toys and equipment are Picture labelled for easy recognition by the children.
Sand, water and mark making materials are freely available indoors and out on a daily basis. We follow Every Child’s a Talker with words as well as pictures around the room, we also work with Jolly Phonics, providing early letter recognition. Observations are continuous, with staff taking photographs and recording them in the children’s learning journeys. These enable children’s progress to be monitored and supported.
A child’s next steps for development are also recorded in their learning journey files, which provides a comprehensive record of planning and assessment. We have access to support from various professionals such as speech and language, health visitors and Dcatch if required