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Early Years Foundation Stage Ethos

Brambles pre-school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Ethos (EYFS).

EYFS is based around four themes:

  • A unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending   children’s development and learning.
  • Learning and development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

Our planning incorporates the EYFS and is built on our knowledge of how individual children learn and achieve their full potential.  Plans for each week are topic-based and are on display within Brambles.


Key Person

When your child starts Brambles they will be allocated a key person. The role of the key person is to observe and support your child (and you) through their time at Brambles and to ensure that every child develops to their utmost.


Settling In

Your child may need time to settle at Brambles, so a slow introduction, leaving them for half an hour at a time, may be appropriate. Children who become upset are comforted by a member of staff. Parents are welcome to stay for as long as they need.

We will always contact you if we feel your child is not settled after a reasonable amount of time and you are welcome to contact us at any time. We hold three settling-in sessions in the summer term to assist new children. Please contact Sarah Hudson for more information.

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