What to expect at Preschool


What to expect at Preschool

Children are born naturally curious, with a real thirst for learning and a desire to enquire about the world around them. As a parent you may find yourself bombarded with ‘what,’ ‘why,’ ‘when,’ ‘how’ questions that seem never ending. Providing for little ones in their early years may be easier than you think, but these years are vitally important for laying firm foundations for future learning.

Before children ever put pen to paper, they need to have plenty of time to develop their play, their imagination and their physical abilities.

Playing with materials found around the home can provide hours of stimulation and unstructured play.

Starting with a childminder or nursery may be the first step your child makes in formal education or they may join a Preschool attached to a Primary School. Whichever choice you make, ensuring they settle well in their new environment is key to their happiness and emotional well-being. Make 2-3 short visits before they start with one parent or familiar carer staying with them. If the setting offers a home visit – take it! These are an ideal way to build a new relationship with a stranger in the comfort and security of your own home.

Most children regardless of the setting they attend will follow the Department for Education’s Early Years Foundation Stage. This covers seven areas of learning and also focuses on the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which describe how children learn.

The Early Years (Ages 3-5)

The Early Years Foundation Stage covers the years children spend from the beginning of Preschool to the end of reception class in primary school. This is recognised as a distinct stage of learning, when children learn best through active play which builds on their individual needs and interests.

Once the foundations are laid, your child will be ready and eager to put pen to paper and do some 'real' work with a ‘workbook’ of their very own. Preschool learning books follow a logical order to guide your child through the natural progression of education, working as a partner to consolidate or stretch daily learning.