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The children are divided into groups according to their age. For the year before they are due to attend Primary School the children are classed as Pre-Schoolers. The remaining children are known as toddlers. Although we divide the children in this way, we are aware that children of the same age can differ in maturity, temperament and ability. We will do everything to ensure that each child’s needs are met.


We feel that the early years are extremely important and we aim to provide a range of experiences, opportunities and activities that help your child to develop to the best of his or her ability. We want your child to feel secure, valued and confident and to develop a sense of achievement within a happy and stimulating environment. We want each child to be happy, mix freely with other children and to be totally prepared for primary school when the time comes to leave Whitefriars. We have a full range of materials, equipment, toys etc. to suit all stages of your child’s development. In addition we have a large outdoor play area where supervised play sessions take place, all weathers.

Here at Whitefriars we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This goes from birth until the end of your child's reception class year.

There are 7 areas of development which are:

• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Literacy
• Expressive arts and design
• Understanding the world
• Mathematics


Your child will have a key person who works closely with your child and monitors and records their progression throughout their time at Whitefriars. The seven areas are divided into the following ‘development matters’:

Personal social and emotional development
• Making relationships
• Self confidence and self awareness
• Managing feeling and behaviour


Communication and language

• Listening and attention
• Understanding
• Speaking


Physical Development

• Moving and handling
• Health and self care



• Reading
• Writing


Expressive arts and design

• Exploring and using media and materials
• Being imaginative


Understanding the world

• People and communities
• The world
• Technology



• Number
• Shape, space and measure


Ofsted Report 2016 (here)

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