Throughout the Early Years Unit we follow the Early Years Development Matters and Curriculum, building a profile of each child individually. The Early Years Curriculum is broken down in to seven areas

  • Communication and Language,
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive art and design.

Communication and Language

Children will be encouraged to listen attentively and talk about their experiences.
They will also start to make up their own stories and take part in role-play with confidence.

Physical development

Children know the importance of physical exercise and a healthy diet and are able to talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Our aim in the Early Years is for children to become confident learners and learn vital skills for social interaction.
We want the pupils to feel settled into school life and be a part of the Essendene community.


Children develop their competence in talking and listening and in becoming readers and writers.
We use ‘Jolly Phonics’ and ‘Letters and Sounds’ to help the children learn the sounds and begin to write familiar words.


The children will be provided with practical activities to help them compare, sort, match, sequence and count.

Through such first-hand experience, children will develop an understanding of numbers and will learn to record and use the appropriate mathematical language involved.
They will learn names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes and look at measures such as length, mass and capacity.

Understanding the world

We regularly go on local outings and walks and the weather is never an issue for us to productively use our outdoor learning area.
Children learn from many hands on activities exploration of their immediate environment

Expressive Art and design

We explore a variety of media and materials to construct creative ideas.
The children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Pre- School Admissions

We welcome admissions throughout the academic year in the term your child turns three. Children with Parents are invited to have an Initial Entry Meeting to discuss your child, their likes, dislikes and any specific needs/requirements they may have. This will enable us to provide a supportive and smooth transition to our Preschool class. Children are invited to come and stay for a morning to explore the classroom and outside area in an informal way. We will then provide a phased entry to settle your children into the routines of Pre-School.