Learning & Development

We are an Ofsted registered setting which promotes the learning, development and safety of children from 2 to five years, there is a Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS lays down the legal requirements that early years childcare providers including Grovelands Park Preschool must meet which includes:

  • learning and development requirements: specific areas of learning and development which should shape the activities and experiences we offer

  • assessment requirements: how we measure children’s progress and feedback to parents or carers

  • safeguarding and welfare requirements: what we must do to keep children safe and promote their welfare

The EYFS learning and development requirements are


  • communication and language: giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, develop their confidence and skill in expressing themselves, and speak and listen in a range of situations.

  • physical development: providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, develop their co-ordination, control, and movement, understand the importance of physical activity, and make healthy choices about food.

  • personal, social and emotional development: helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships and respect others, develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.

The three prime areas above are strengthened by four specific areas of learning: literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. These areas are connected, with learning in one particular area supporting learning in the others.