We provide a quality learning experience for children to progress towards the Early Learning Goals throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. At Jack and Jill Pre-school we have seven Learning and Development coordinators each specialising in their own learning area, delivering rich learning experiences to the children.

Areas of Learning and Development

There are seven learning areas, 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas, from which we plan a structured and stimulating curriculum, so that children have access to a wide range of experiences, helping to prepare them for entry into primary school.

The Prime Learning areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

The Specific Learning areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported to develop:

  • A positive sense of themselves
  • A positive sense of others
  • Positive relationships and respect for others
  • Social skills
  • And learn how to manage their feelings
  • An understanding of appropriate behaviour in groups
  • Confidence in their own abilities

Communication and Language

In both large and small groups, children are encouraged to:

  • Develop their skills through opportunities to experience a rich language environment
  • Develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves
  • Speak and listen in a range of situations

Physical Development

Providing a wide range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out, allows children to develop and enjoy the use and development of their own bodily skills. Children are encouraged to:

  • Develop their co-ordination, control and movement
  • Fine motor skills and hand strengths to develop pre-writing skills
  • Develop an awareness of their own bodies and what keeps them healthy
  • Make healthy choices in relation to food


Development involves encouraging children to:

  • Link sounds and letters
  • Access a wide range of reading materials
  • Access a wide range of mark making materials


Providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in:

  • Counting
  • Understanding and using numbers
  • Calculating simple addition and subtraction problems
  • Describing shapes, spaces and measures

Understanding the World

Guiding the children to make sense of their physical world and community through opportunities to:

  • Explore and observe
  • Find out about people, places, technology and the environment

Expressive Arts and Design

Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials as well as providing opportunities and encouragement to:

  • Share their thoughts and ideas
  • Share their feelings


Through a variety of activities in:

  • Arts
  • Music
  • Movement
  • Dance
  • Role Play
  • Design and technology

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child initiated activities.

Jack and Jill Pre-school acknowledge that play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

At Jack and Jill Pre-school we respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. In planning and guiding children’s activities, we reflect on the different ways that children learn through the three characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Each child will be assigned a Key Carer when they start attending the Pre-school. The Key Carer will help ensure that the child’s learning and care is tailored to meet the individual needs, whilst supporting the parents/carers in guiding their child’s development at home.