Care & Learning

The aspects of learning & development

There are 7 areas of learning and development which are divided into 3 prime and 4 specific areas; these aspects are covered in your child's profile.


Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
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  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Every Child matters

At Greenacre Pre-School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
framework which is based around these four themes:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
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These in turn are linked to the Every Child Matters outcomes which are:

  • Being Healthy
  • Staying Safe
  • Enjoying & Achieving
  • Making a positive contribution
  • Economic well-being

By allowing children to learn through their play, listening and acting on children's needs and interests we are able to incorporate the EYFS curriculum into our daily routine.  All parents will receive a guide of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

At the beginning of each term parents/carers will receive an information sheet. This gives an overview of the activities/topics we are hoping to cover and how you can help increase your child's knowledge at home.

Please read our full Prospectus for more information.


Greenacre Pre-Schools Policies and Procedures are continuously being reviewed and amended. A complete copy is available for your information in the Reception Area please ask a member of staff if you would like to review them.  Information can also be found in our prospectus. 

A full list of the Greenacre Pre-School Policies and Procedures can be downloaded here. Our Policies

What we offer for send

Our Ethos

Greenacre Pre-School believes that all children are regarded with equal value and children with special needs are supported and cared for depending on their requirements.   We have a responsibility to ensure positive attitudes towards diversity and difference, so that every child is included and not disadvantaged.  Children learn from an early age to value diversity in others and grow up making a positive contribution to society. 

Our aims and objectives

  • Provide a secure learning environment where all children can flourish
  • Identify and respond to individuals needs
  • We will seek additional advice and support should we feel this is necessary
  • Support Children with special needs and their families
  • Maintain good communication with other professionals and families
  • Monitor children’s needs and progress on an individual basis
  • Adapt learning and resources according to needs
  • Provide additional training for staff
  • Provide one to one support if appropriate

Our SEN Provision

The Manager, Julie Thornton and SENCO, Maria Griffiths have dual responsibility for all children identified with additional needs and they will ensure their needs are regularly reviewed and any activities adapted.

Frequently asked questions

What do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?


Speak with your child’s Key Person, SENCO Maria Griffiths or Manager, Julie Thornton.

What will the Pre-School do if we think your child has special educational needs?


The Manager or SENCO will speak to you about their concerns.  Then together we would discuss your child’s needs and which external agencies to contact to help us.

How accessible is the setting?


Our Pre-School is within the grounds of Rawdon Littlemoor.  It is set all on one level and is easily accessible for wheel chairs.  We also have a disabled toilet.  If the need should arise we can out- source additional resources as we have done in the past i.e. changing table depending on the child’s needs etc.

How will Pre-School support my child’s learning and development?


Through observations, your child’s Key Person will be able to identify any areas in where intervention may be needed. Then together we will decide how best to support your child whilst we are waiting for an assessment to take place. Children are assessed monthly and their progress is discussed at staff meetings to ensure all staff are aware of children’s requirements. An individual care plan may be created for staff to refer to until other agencies are able to assess your child and support us. 

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?


The Pre-School staff will discuss and where possible will adapt our planning, resources and teaching to match your child’s needs.  For example:-

Working in small groups/one to one

Social story books

Visual timetables

How will I know how well my child is doing?


The Pre-School operates and ‘Open Door Policy’ and all parents are encouraged to access this with any worries and concerns.  The Key Person regularly observes and records children’s progress and learning in their Profile.  These Profiles are shared with parents on a regular basis.  Parents evenings are arranged, however regular meetings will be made for families of children with additional needs.  We encourage frequent two way communication either by, face to face, email, telephone and a communication record book.

How will you help me support my child’s learning?


Through regular communication we will be able to give ideas and strategies to help your child at home.  This may include how to make a social story and visual time table.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being, social, emotional and behavioural development?


There are policies and procedures in place which all staff read and adhere to and together we work closely to ensure that all children are provided with personal, social, emotional and behavioural support.  Copies of Policies are in the reception area at the Pre-School.  The Child Protection Office is Julie Thornton, Pre-School Manager. All staff are fully up to date with Safeguarding procedures and training.

What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the Pre-School?


The SENCO attends relevant training sessions and we have a member of staff with a BSL qualification Level 2.  The Pre –School works in partnership with other agencies and accesses support from

Pre-School Learning Alliance                                       Speech and Language therapy

Child Development Centres                                         Early Starts Teams

The Parent Partnership Services                                  Other Early Years settings

Children’s Centres                                                       Outreach workers

Health Visitors                                                             Complex Needs Service

How are the Pre-School’s resources/funding allocated and matched to children’s needs?


Our high ratio of staff to children enables us to where ever possible support a child with additional needs with or without funding.  However, should funding become available we would discuss with other agencies and parents where we feel this money would be best spent.  For example a one to one staff member or specific equipment.

What training and development is done by staff supporting children with SEND?


All staff have recently attended Autism training.  

How will my child be included in activities outside the Pre-School?


We do not have any activities or trips outside the Pre-School.

How will the Pre-School help children to transfer to the next phase of education?


All transition documents will be completed and a meeting will be held with the relevant School’s staff, outside agencies and parents to discuss how best to help their child move onto their next stage of education.  The Pre-School will encourage the transition school to visit their child as often as they require.

How are parents and carers involved in the Pre-School?


As a charitable organisation we have a committee which any parent can join.  Alternatively parents are encouraged to help out any fund raising events or attend any topic and themes if applicable.

Who can I contact for further information?


Julie Thornton, Manager or Maria Griffiths, SENCO