Our Ethos and Values
We have made some significant changes over the past few years but these changes have always been positive with a view to continuous improvement, vision and excellency. In other words always working towards making your child's time at our pre-school a very special and important one.
Changes can sometimes be challenging but they are also exciting and the changes we make at our Pre-School happen after a lot of reflection, contemplation and reviewing of what the children need to support them in their learning, growth and development. Being an Early Years educator, practitioner or apprentice is not just a job – it is a vocation.
This means that every member of staff who works within our team is totally dedicated, shows enormous passion and is never happy to sit, wait and watch but will always want to improve what they do because this is why we do what we do.
We want to make a difference.
That difference means ensuring that every child has a positive learning and growing experience whilst they are with us which will give them those all important foundations for their future life and studies.
The child's voice and how children learn
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however.
It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.'
Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2012, pg 2
At All Saints Pre-School the child is the focal point to everything we do: how we set up the hall and other rooms in the morning; the resources and experiences that are available for the children to use alone, with their friends, or with adult support and guidance; how we talk to each other, to the parents and family, and to the children; how we behave towards each other and the children; the observations we make to help us provide fascinating, fun and challenging activities.We listen very closely to every single child but not just with our ears – with our eyes too.
Children communicate in many different ways – not just verbally - and it is our job to 'hear' them all the time and to respect their needs. This is an ongoing learning process for all the staff here as well. Every child who comes to our Pre-School varies in their preferred way of communication and it is our job to ensure that we understand them.
We plan activities that will support, help, challenge, incentivate, excite and encourage every child to develop physically, intellectually, creatively and emotionally.
All children have potential curiosity; they have interests in relationship, in constructing their own learning, and in negotiating with everything the environment brings to them. (Bella Gandini - Reggio Emilia Approach)
‘play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in the child’s soul’ (Froebel, 1826, trans 1912, pp. 50-512).
Over the years we have realised that there is not one methodology that fits all. Every child is an individual - is unique - is special in their own right. There have been many theorists such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Froebel to name but a few who have made an enormous impact on how we can give the best possible experiences to children at the beginning of their lives. At All Saints Pre-School we embrace them all in one way or another. One thing though that we do believe in is the Froebelian concept of RESPECT - respect for every child and their capacity to develop through a carefully balanced mix of free play and guidance, and incentivating resources and activities. We also embrace The Reggio Emilia Approach of working with the child and the families as we rigorously observe, document, discuss and evaluate each child's 'voice', their likes and dislikes and their emotional growth. This way we can ensure that we really are meeting every single child's needs in every way and by the time the leave us to go to primary school they are happy, equilibrated, eager learners.
ALL SAINTS PRE-SCHOOL IS AWARDED THE EARLY YEARS HEALTHY SETTINGS AWARD!
This prestigious award is based on the 'Healthy School' concept which was launched by the government in 1999 to promote educational achievement, reduce inequalities and improve children's health and emotional well-being.
This award is about how we continue to strive for excellency in leadership and management; have a strong and solid ethos; work with, and build bonds with, families and the local community; tirelessly improve opportunities and learning experiences for the children and their families and of course how well children are cared for.
We are so proud of this award and we will never, ever stop aiming to achieve the best or improving what we do for these children who really do deserve it.
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