THE EARLY YEARS
2 - 5 YEARS OLD
There is a strong emphasis on learning through play and children are encouraged to explore ideas and concepts through fun, hands-on experiences; for example, making a boat and taking it to the beach to test if it floats or sinks.
Our bilingual model immerses children in both Spanish and English from the beginning of their learning journey at The Casco School, and enables them to become confident communicators, a skill they will take with them throughout life.
The British Early Years Framework
At the Casco School we are proud to provide holistic, play-based learning experiences for our pre-school children. Our Preschool curriculum is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which provides guidance to support learning and development, focusing not only on academics, but also on understanding the world and creative expression.
Our broad topics such as ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Space’ are introduced through story times and songs, in both Spanish and English, and are tailored to the children’s interests, strengths and individual learning styles.
Recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. The commitments are focused around development; inclusion; safety; and health and well-being.
Describes how children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and carers. The commitments are focused on respect; partnership with parents; supporting learning, and the role of the teachers.
Explains that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. The commitments are focused around observation, assessment and planning; support for every child and the learning environment.
Recognise that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and that all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
During the day
Our Preschool teachers are specialists in Early Years education and understand the importance of play as a form of learning. We recognise that each child is different and has their own pace of learning as well as curiosity and interests. Our experienced and highly trained staff plan exciting child initiated and adult-lead learning opportunities, tailored to each child’s individual interests. These activities encourage children to explore, create and think critically, whilst meeting key developmental goals within the 7 areas of learning. We recognise that the early years are a critical period in a child’s life, where emotional, cognitive and physical growth and development can flourish. The Casco School strives to build strong relationships between parents and teachers in order to fully support each child’s needs, ensuring they feel loved, secure and confident, and go on to become lifelong learners.