Blakesley Pre-Schoolmenu ☰


"The playgroup is well resourced and welcoming

It has an array of stimulating indoor and outdoor resources that interests children

and supports their all round development and well-being."

Ofsted Nov 2014


"Children are highly motivated in their play

and acquire the skills and confidence to move on

to the next stage of their learning."

Ofsted Nov 2014


Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace.


Our keyworker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which enables children to progress towards the Early Years Foundation

Stage (EYFS) and prepares them for the National Curriculum, which begins at Year 1 in primary school.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to expresss their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and its property.


Communication and Language

In both small and large groups as well as one to one, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. They are given opportunities and encouragement to develop their communication skills and build their understanding through imaginative play, show and tell, circle time and story time as well as during all other activities.


Physical development


A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out of doors, allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own bodily skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are helped to develop the fine motor skills they will need to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision. They are also encouraged to develop awareness of their own bodies and of what keeps them healthy.





Children enjoy lots of stories and songs helping them to build their awareness of the structure of stories, rhyming, alliteration and the joy of books.  Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures.




By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.


Understanding of the world

 A safe and stimulating environment allows children to observe and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to recognise differences, patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also in the wider community. They learn to respect other people, and expect to be respected for themselves. A range of ICT equipment enables children to extend their ICT skills, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and to solve problems. 

Expressive arts and design

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 experience 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 with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role play, both individually and as part of a group.