Our Curriculum

While your child is at Pre-School, they are at the Early Years Foundation Stage of their education. The curriculum for children at the foundation stage is divided into four themes, which express important Principles underpinning effective practice in the care, development and learning of young children.

Within the Pre-School, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our keyworker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child.

Play helps young children learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which children think. The Pre-School uses the “Development Matters Milestones” to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each area of learning and development.


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. Areas covered in Early Years Foundation Stage are:-

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our keyworker system

We operate a keyworker system under which each child and their family are allocated a particular member of staff who will monitor and record, as accurately and objectively as possible, their development. We believe it is important for the child and their family to have a main point of contact within the Pre-School.

A keyworker’s role is to support a child when they are away from their home, to give them consistent, continuous care that will foster confidence and positive self-esteem and help the child feel safe and secure both emotionally and physically.

A keyworker will:


Share a child's Learning Journey with the child’s parents


Communicate regularly with the child's parents or carers


Answer any queries that a parent may have


Offer re-assurance, informing the parent of their child's progress


Ensure the families are provided with all the necessary information

Members of staff are always happy to talk to parents about their child outside Pre-School hours. Please ask for an appointment.

Pirton Pre-School, High Street, Pirton, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 3PS