Ofsted Rated OUTSTANDING July 2022

Learning Through Play 

We work to the Curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  The EYFS is a play-based framework that acknowledges that every child is unique and that they learn and develop at different rates and in different ways.  It is made up of three prime areas and four specific areas of learning and development; below are the requirements of each of these.


The prime areas:

These are crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and have confidence in their won abilities.

The specific areas:


Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written material) to ignite their interest.


Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.


Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive Arts and Designs involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.


Parental Involvement

You and Me encourages parents to be fully involved with their child's development.  "Parents are children's first and most enduring educators, when parents and practitioners work together in early years settings, the results have a positive impact on the child's development and learning."*


Parents are able to speak to their child's key person at anytime.   We also have a parents evening once a year, which is an opportunity for parents to get a focused update on their child's development.


* The Early Year Foundation Stage: Setting the Standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five - May 2008

You and Me Pre-School

The Cabin, Church of Our Saviour, Ashton Place, Chelmsford CM2 6ST

01245 466535


Opening hours

Monday to Friday (Term Time Only)

Morning Session : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Afternoon Session : 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm

All Day : 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

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