The areas of learning the children undertake closely follow the Early Years Foundation Stage set by Ofsted.  This prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of five years. The areas of learning include:-


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing self confidence, self-respect and self awareness.  They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults, thus forming good relationships.  Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others.  All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and its property.

Communication and Language

In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Communicating during play with adults and peers.  A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to enjoy books, handle them and become aware of their uses.

Physical development

A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own physical abilities.  A very high level of adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing.  At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils, and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.  Children are supported to become independent with self care and shown the importance of keeping safe and being healthy.



A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to enjoy books, handle them and become aware of their uses.  Children are helped to become aware of the purpose of writing and learn to recognise letters of the alphabet by sound. They are encouraged, when ready, to use written symbols in a variety of situations.


By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form the basis for early
mathematics.  As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and, when ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.

Understanding the World

A 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 to share and record their findings.  Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also in the wider community.  A range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate.

Expressive arts and design

Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas in two and three dimension. Creative resources, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative role play, both individually and as part of a group.


Additional Activities

• Kindergarten events include participation in the harvest festival assembly at Horsmonden Primary School, Sports Day, Nativity Play and end of term parties.  Please see the picture gallery for some pictures of these.

• Outings during the year include visits e.g. from Zoolabs

• Formal links with Horsmonden Primary School exist. Kindergarten children have the opportunity to become familiarized with aspects of the Reception Class’s daily activities through supervised visits.

Kindly note, a place at the Kindergarten does not guarantee a place at Horsmonden Primary School.