In all three of our preschool classes we follow the EYFS framework, the children are assessed by their key person in their colour groups throughout their time with us to ensure that they are developing and progressing in the 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Physical, social and emotional development
  • Physical development 
  • Communication and language

 and the 4 specific areas of learning:

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

You can find out more about the 7 areas of learning below. 

Our planning provides the children with a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and in others, an adult takes the lead. In all activities, guidance from the statutory early learning goals and the individual child's interests help to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it. 

We aim to support the children in the four principles of the EYFS:

  • A unique child
  • Positive relationships
  • Enabling environments
  • Leaning and development. 

We observe your child throughout the day to identify their interests, how they learn and their progression in each area of learning and development. As you know your child best, we also want to hear your observations of your child; what they like to do at home, as well as any significant events, achievements or concerns. This assessment of your child helps us to identify and plan their next steps. In addition to our ongoing observations, reviews of your child's progress will be shared with you. 

  • A two-year check.  
  • Summative assessment at the end of each term. 
  • Early Years Foundation Stage profile. 

"The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.

All schools and Ofsted registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes."


Tapestry Journal

At the URC Preschool we use an online journal to track your child's progress and regularly update you with their development in our setting. Tapestry has been a welcomed addition to our methods of communication with parents and not only allows us to connect with you, but also for you to connect with us. Parents can reply to observations sent to your individual accounts and allows you to see your child's progress during their time with us. Once your child is enrolled in the setting, you will be sent log in details for the online portal - you can find the website linked below and also in our parents area on the website. 

Areas of Learning


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area of learning covers: 

  • Having a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them. 
  • Having confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and valuing their own achievements. 
  • Being able to go on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults. 
  • Becoming aware of and being able to keep to the rules which we all need to help us to look after ourselves, other people and our environment. 
  • Being able to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people's way of doing things. 


Physical Development

This area of learning covers:

  • Gaining control over the large movement that they can make with their arms, legs and bodies, so that they can run, jump, hop, skip, climb and lift.
  • Gaining control over the small movements they can make with their arms, wrists and hands, so that they pick up and use objects, tools and materials. 
  • Learning about the importance of and how to look after their bodies. 


Communication and Language

This area of learning covers:

  • Being able to use conversation with one other person, in small groups in large groups to talk with and listen to others. 
  • Adding to their vocabulary by learning the meaning of and being able to use new words. 
  • Being able to words to describe their experiences. 



This area of learning covers:

  • Looking at books and listening to stories. 
  • Having favourite stories, rhymes and songs.  
  • Distinguishing between different marks when writing. 



This area of learning covers:

  • Building up ideas about how many, how much, how far and how big. 
  • Building up ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects, and the amount of space taken up by objects. 
  • Starting to understand the numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far and how big. 
  • Building up ideas about how to use counting to find out and how many. 


Understanding the World

This area of learning covers:

  • Finding out about the natural world and how it works. 
  • Finding out about the man made world and how it works. 
  • Learning how to choose and use the right tools for a task.
  • Learning about technology, how to use it and what it can help us to do.  
  • Starting to put together ideas about past and present and the link between them. 
  • Begin to learn about their locality and it's special features. 
  • Learning about their own and other cultures. 


Expressive Art and Design

This area of learning covers:

  • Using paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express their ideas and feelings. 
  • Becoming interested in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.