Our Aim

We aim to foster a love of learning by supporting a wide range of skills that children need in order to flourish both inside and outside of school.  We nurture each child's ability to be resilient, autonomous and confident individuals.  


Every experience a child has, shapes their brain development and is ultimately embedded in their behaviours.


We make every child feel welcomed and a true part of the pre-school community.  We try to acknowledge and share children's rich diverse backgrounds and encourage them to celebrate their differences and similarities.


We believe good parenting and high quality Early Learning, provide the foundation needed to make the most of their abilities and talents.


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet.


The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.


Overarching Principles


Four guiding principles should shape practice in Early Years settings.  These are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.  The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

At this level, learning should be fun and should ignite childrens' curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.  The learning and development requirements work towards 'Early Learning Goals' which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all children should have gained by the end of Reception year at school.


There are seven areas of learning and development which shape our educational programmes.  They are important and inter-connected.  Three areas are particularly important to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


These prime areas are

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We also support children in four specific areas

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

We consider the individual needs, interests and stage of development for each child and use this information to plan for each child.


Initially, we will work on the three prime areas which are the basis for successful learning in the other four.  As the children grow in ability within the three prime areas, the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning.  


If a child's progress in any prime area gives cause for concern, we will discuss this with the parents / carers and agree how to support the child - possibly including external agencies if specialist help is required.


For children whose home language is not English, we will provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning, supporting their language development at home.  We will also support your child in becoming proficient in English language during the EYFS.


Children will access planned, purposeful play and a mix of adult led and child initiated activities which cover the areas of learning and development.  Play is essential for children's development.


Each child will be given a key-person who helps ensure that every child's learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs.  The key-person will also support parents in guiding their child's development at home.


More information can be accessed via the Dfe website.




Would you like to learn more about our approach?

Please contact us on 01793 491187 or use our contact form.

Contact us:

Tel:01793 491187

Email: cliftonstreetpreschool@gmail.com


Opening hours from September 2019:

Monday 9.00am-3.00pm

Tuesday 9.00am-3.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am-3.00pm

Thursday 9.00-3.00pm

Friday 9.00am-3.00pm



Clifton Street Pre-school
Clifton Street

Swindon SN1 3PY

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