Pre schools

Early years foundation stage

All pre schools must operate within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). There are four EYFS themes and principles that inform the practice of the pre-school and what happens for you and your child while they are attending.

These are:

  • a unique child (every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured)
  • positive relationships (children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person)
  • enabling environments (the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning)
  • learning and development (children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected)

If your child has a learning difficulty or disability, there are a range of services to support you in making a choice about childcare (which may include pre-school).

It's been recommended that pre-schools formulate and implement a Single Equality Scheme (SES) to ensure that practice is lawful and inclusive - there should be no discrimination based on your child's needs in terms of accessing a place, being included in the range of activities or in your child achieving to the best of their ability.

Page last updated: 12 April 2019