Aims and Goals

Dell Cottage is committed to implementing the EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE ( EYFS) within the setting. This framework is set in place to give parents encouragement and understanding that their child will be safe and thrive. This framework was updated in 2012. The 4 themes and of the EYFS are - A UNIQUE CHILD - POSITIVE REATIONSHIPS- ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS- LEARNING DEVELOPMENT.

Practitioners at Dell Cottage consider children's individual needs, interests and stages of development and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all areas of learning. Each area of learning is implemented through planned purposeful play and through a mix of adult and child initiated activities.

Prime areas of learning are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development.

Specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

TAPESTRY:  At Dell Cottage we use Tapestry. This is a secure online Learning Journal to record phots, observations and comments inline with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences with us.

PARENT PARTICIPATION: We aim to work in partnership with parents and welcome their input. Parents are encouraged to meet  regularly with staff to discuss their child's development.

KEYPERSON:  Your child will be assigned a Keyperson who will have responsibility for him/her. This person will  help your child settle in and liaise with you on their daily activities. An information slip will be given to you at the end of each session.

PROGRESS:  Your Child's progress will be recorded in an "All About Me " file which you will have access to anytime. The file will consist of observations made on your child's learning, development while at Dell Cottage. Parents are welcome to add comments about achievements made at home, this file will then be yours to pass onto your child's school