We aim to enable the children to develop their skills, concepts, attitudes and knowledge in ways most effective for pre-school age children.

Young children learn best through PLAYING and TALKING

PLAY – To the child it is work. Play helps young children develop intellectually, socially and emotionally. Play that is well planned gives children the opportunity to be creative, to explore, and investigate materials. They can experiment and reason out problems. Play creates enthusiasm and helps develop cooperation with other children and adults. Play enables children to develop thinking skills, increases understanding and improves their ability to communicate.

TALK – Talking is vital to a child’s learning. Talking is one of the ways in which children make sense of the world. They learn to ask and answer questions. They learn to contribute to conversations with other children and adults. Children start to respond to stories and poems and talk about the characters in books. They describe outings and experiences and start to sequence events. All these enable language and thinking skills to develop. Communications skills will also help to build a child's confidence.


Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Our revised EYFS curriculum has been statutory since Sept 2012.

It outlines three characteristics of effective teaching

Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’
Active learning – motivation
  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Learning and development requirements

“Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are the prime areas:”

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

“Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are….”

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

Here at Treehouse we always seek to value the children’s self – initiated play and are vigilant in the maintenance of meaningful adult interventions. We provide a balance of child led and adult initiated teaching experiences for all our children in all areas of school. We plan and implement activities according to the developmental needs of the children.