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Horley Row

Community Pre-school

What we do at Horley Row Community Pre-school.

Our children benefit from a rich diverse curriculum, that acknowledges their individual needs, age and stage of development. They participate in developmental play activities, with high levels of adult support, guidance and encouragement.

These positive experiences help the children to become confident learners in all aspects of their development and well prepared for school by the time they leave us.

Communication Language and Literacy

The children extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening; as well as responding to stories, rhymes and songs. We help them understand the meaning of written symbols & the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves.

We have a well stocked book corner which gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with handling books; and how to use them, both for reference and as a source of enjoyment.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Within a nurturing environment, children are supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and to take part in the life of the Pre-school; sharing and co-operating with other children and adults.

Through activities, conversations and practical examples, they learn acceptable ways to express their feelings and to respect the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves and for the group.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

With support, the children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities; which form the basis of early mathematics.

As the children apply their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, they are encouraged to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Our safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials.

They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, and how to record and share their findings.

Physical Development

Using our range of equipment, the children develop their confidence and enjoy developing their own bodily skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children to create and meet physical challenges safely, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing.

At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine-motor/ manipulative skills required to use tools, including pens, pencils and paint brushes, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.

Creative Development

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings and to construct their individual response to experiences in two and three dimensions.

Art equipment including paint, glue, crayons and pencils, as well as natural and discarded resources, provide for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage.

Children join in and respond to music and stories and there are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both individually and or as part of the group.

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