What we do at Horley Row Community Pre-school
Our children benefit from a rich diverse curriculum, that acknowledges their individual needs, age and stage of development. They participate in developmental play activities, with high levels of adult support, guidance and encouragement.

These positive experiences help the children to become confident learners in all aspects of their development and well prepared for transition to school by the time they leave us.

We nurture children as they develop using non statutory guidance 'Development Matters' in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  

"Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments"     Development Matters 2012 (online: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/) 

The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the prime and specific Areas of Learning and Development explained  

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge and provide important contexts for learning.

Prime, specific areas and characteristics of learning are developed and evidient through observation and experiences, it is the ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. 

Communication and Language
The children extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening; as well as responding to stories, rhymes and songs.


We will nurture children to become confident communicators and children will do this in different ways, through play, gesture, sign, body language, and experimenting with sounds and words. They will be encouraged as thinkers to question and ask questions, respond to simple instructions and be able to express their own ideas.


We will encourage children to talk about home, their community, interests and share news.

As the child grows, concentration develops; this is different for every child.


Personal Social and Emotional Development
Within a nurturing environment, children are supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and to take part in the life of the Pre-school; sharing and co-operating with other children and adults.

Through activities, conversations and practical examples, they learn acceptable ways to express their feelings and to respect the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves and for the group.



With support, the children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities; which form the basis of early mathematics.

As the children apply their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, they are encouraged to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number.

Songs, games, and picture books help children to become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding one more or less


Understanding the World

Our safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials.

They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, and how to record and share their findings.

A wide range of safe and well-maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and solve problems.


Through the use of ICT equipment and resources, we nurture children's developing concepts for technology through hands on exploration: using devices, programmable bugs, electronic toys, talking books,  settings laptop and large range of appropriate children’s programmes.


Celebrations and diversity are promoted by valuing and sharing cultures and different family beliefs throughout the year,  staff supporting children to learn about the world in which they live, traditions, family events, to have a sense of time and to value what is important to each one of us.

Physical Development

Using our range of equipment, the children develop their confidence and enjoy developing their own bodily skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children to create and meet physical challenges safely, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing.

At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine-motor/ manipulative skills required to use tools, including pens, pencils and paint brushes, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.

We provide positive role models, activities and play opportunities to learn about health and well-being, hygiene, physical needs and development, eating, exercise, rest and sleep. Children are supported when developing these skills to become independent in managing basic personal hygiene and autonomy in self-care.


Expressive Arts and Design

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings and to construct their individual response to experiences in two and three dimensions.

Art equipment including paint, glue, crayons and pencils, as well as natural and discarded resources, provide for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage.

Children have opportunities to join in and respond to exploration of music and instruments, dance, circle games and stories. There are many opportunities for imaginative role-play, both individually and or as part of the group on a large or small scale.



As children explore they are encouraged to experiment and create their own marks, to create symbols for themselves using a variety of resources, materials, and tools. In time, children will begin to give meaning to marks as they draw and paint. Over time, some children are able to recognise their own names, gaining an awareness of familiar words and labels within the environment.

Our well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity  to become familiar with different types of books, enabling children to handle books with care, and be aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of enjoyment through stories, songs, poems, and picture books. Children learn to repeat familiar words and phrases, developing awareness of rhyme and alliteration, rhythm in spoken words, begin to retell stories and make up their own.

I C T using our laptop enables children to become familiar and competent with information in another form such as games, following instructions and recognising letters / numbers and instruction on the screen.