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The Croft Preparatory School

Dulce et Forte


“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.” – David Bailey


The Early Years Curriculum


What is it all about?

In Early Years, learning is built around themes and interests. Children are given opportunity to contribute to the themes, and parents are encouraged to actively support us by bringing in artefacts and photographs from home.


We follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage, which encompasses seven Areas of Learning:


Prime Areas - areas children develop from birth

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Specific Areas - areas which children progress through as they become older.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


The progress of children is closely monitored throughout each academic year by the child's Key Person, with notes and photographic evidence kept in a 'Year Book' personal to each child.  These Year Books are presented to children at the end of Little Crofters, Little Crofters Pre-school and Reception, for parents and children to treasure forever.  From September 2018 we will be using 'Tapestry' to enable each child's Learning Journal to be kept electronically.  


At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, each child is assessed according to the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, to ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 1.


Specialist Teaching

Forest School

Pre-school and Reception children experience Forest School sessions as part of their weekly timetable.  Little Crofters children can be opted into a weekly Forest School afternoon session.




The foundations for children's music making are laid in Early Years. Specialist Music Teachers visit Little Crofters, Little Crofters Pre-school and Reception classes several times a week to introduce children to singing and playing musical instruments.



A French Specialist introduces Little Crofters Pre-school and Reception children to speaking and understanding the French language in weekly French lessons. 



Reception children are taught Swimming weekly by our Specialist Teacher in our on-site pool.