Play, Learning and the EYFS​

Here at Wind in the Willows, we have a team of staff who are all qualified or working towards their Level 3 Childcare qualification. We design our play and learning opportunities around the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements and regularly undertake training to find out how we can best work to the standards set out by Ofsted and the EYFS. We have a monthly topic and carefully consider the next steps and interests of children when planning activities. 


The Early Years Foundation Stage sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.


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Our lead of the setting is Karen Potter who works alongside Shannan Page at sharing the job role as joint manager. All of our staff are trained to support children and their families through all transitions, including those which happen within the setting (such as moving rooms, changing key person or starting school) and those which could happen at home (such as moving house or a new baby joining the family).


Transitions to a New Room


As children get ready to move rooms (Baby to Toddler, Toddler to Preschool), settling in sessions will be arranged and a transition pack will be provided for parents. Parents will be provided with a letter giving the dates for the settling in sessions and detailing who the child's new key person will be.


Transitions to School


In the academic year leading up to your child starting school, we arrange a number of events and activities to prepare your child and family for this big change. This includes mock school days, teacher and school visits and our Home Library where children are given a weekly reading book to share with their family. We are happy to provide support with the school application process. 


We appreciate that transitions such as these can be daunting for both the child and their family; we will be available to support you at all times.

We hold regular parents' evenings during which we can share with you what your child has been up to; discuss their learning and progress; and support you with any questions or concerns you might have. This also helps us to build a good working relationship with parents which allows us to provide the best care to your child.

For further information, please see our Transitions Policy.