About Us And Our Preschools

The Areas Of Learning & Development
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years Settings.   All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.   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, the prime areas, are:

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

Preschool Staffing
The Children Act recommends a ratio of eight children to each member of staff - but in the Naval Under Fives we believe that six children to each adult is a better ratio, allowing for more individual attention to the children. All the staff are qualified to work with this age group, or have nearly completed their qualification. The Supervisor and Deputy in each group are also highly experienced with many years working in Pre-Schools. All staff are also checked by the CRB (Criminal Record Bureaux) to be sure that your children are in the safest of hands. The training programme for staff is continuous and ensures that staff constantly update their knowledge and keep their enthusiasm for working with the children. Each group has staff trained in First Aid, Behaviour Management, Child Protection, Food Hygiene and Health & Safety. We know your child is most precious and we are available to help him or her to reach full potential - whilst enjoying the effort!

Under Three's Staffing
In these groups we have only three children to each member of staff - this allows for a high level of attention. All staff are qualified, in most cases up to N.N.E.B. (National Nursery Examination Board) or equivalent. In each group there are staff trained in First Aid and in Food Hygiene. The children are placed into even smaller groups and each group has a member of staff to take special interest in those children. This enables parents to talk to a staff member who, after a short time, is able to share with them the child's progress.

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