2012 the national Early Years Foundation Stage Framework was revised.  There are now 7 areas of learning and development.

The 3 areas which children develop first are called the prime areas and these are

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

As children grow and develop, the prime areas help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.  These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

Children aged three and four learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking.  At Truro Nursery School we ensure children are able to do this both indoors and outdoors in our wonderful environment.  We listen to children and plan the curriculum so that it follows what the children are interested in.

We are proud of the very good progress our children with special or additional needs make.  We are committed to supporting all children including those with special needs.  Our staff are highly trained in a range of areas including speech and language, makaton, autism, hearing support and  attachment disorders.  We feel that it is vitally important to have a team approach to supporting children with special needs which includes parents, practitioners and other professionals.  We have a strong transition program to support children in their transition to primary school.

This is what Ofsted said about our work with children with additional or special needs:

‘Those with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported so that they make similar progress to their peers. Children who speak English as an additional language are also well supported by adults and other children, so that they often make excellent progress.’

Our guide to the curriculum can be found here:Guide to the curriculum

Our teaching and learning policy can be found here: teaching-and-learning-policy-june-16

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