Little Elms is a sessional preschool that offers quality early years education and care.

Our purpose built facilities in Cooks Road are set to offer you as parents a wealth of opportunities in child care, we remain committed to the care of Early Years Educations but with the added bonus of wrap around care for all the children within our community, Little Elms is registered with Ofsted for the care of children between the ages of 2 years – 11 years. With this in mind the facilities have been planned by staff and experts to ensure that all age groups have the space and resources appropriate for their needs. Entry into the building has been designed with high security for the children using the setting with security doors leading into the front entrance hall then again into the main corridor of the building with another set of security doors leading into the main play room. Parents and children will be met in the front entrance by members of staff at the start and finish of each session.

Little Elms has two separate rooms Lady Bird room used for the younger children and Bumble Bee room for the older children . Lady Bird room is for children aged 2 years – 3 and a half years and Sue Turp is the room leader. Bumble Bee room is for children 3 and a half years – 5 years and Hazel Jermyn is the room leader.We run breakfast club and after school club in Bumble Bee Room.

Key person

Each child is assigned a key person, our key person system gives each member of staff particular responsibility for just a small group of children. Each child in the setting has one special adult to relate to, which can make settling into the group much easier. The key person maintains links with parents through shared record keeping (e.g. Tapestry) to ensure that all children are supported in reaching their full potential.

The Pre-School Day

Within the group, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our key worker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to needs of each individual child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which enables children to progress towards the early learning goals throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage . The pre-school, school nursery and reception class all work towards the Early Years Foundation stage with a basis being learning through play.

Children's development and learning

Little Elms aims to ensure that each child:

  • is in a safe and stimulating environment;

  • is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer helpers;

  • has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;

  • is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;

  • has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;

  • is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and

  • is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2012):

A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Learning and Development

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.

How we provide for development and learning

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:

  • Prime Areas

- Personal, social and emotional development.

- Physical development.

- Communication and language.

  • Specific Areas

- Literacy.

- Mathematics.

- Understanding the world.

- Expressive arts and design.

For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.

The Early Years Outcomes (DfE 2013) guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their progress towards the Early Learning Goals. Our setting has regard to these when we assess children and plan for their learning. Our programme supports children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need for:

Personal, social and emotional development

- making relationships;

- self-confidence and self-awareness; and

- managing feelings and behaviour.

Physical development

- moving and handling; and

- health and self-care.

Communication and language

- listening and attention;

- understanding; and

- speaking.


- reading; and

- writing.


- numbers; and

- shape, space and measure.

Understanding the world

- people and communities;

- the world; and

- technology.

Expressive arts and design

- exploring and using media and materials; and

- being imaginative.

Our approach to learning and development and assessment

Learning through play

Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance on education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves and activities planned and led by practitioners.

Characteristics of effective learning

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Early Years Foundation Stage as:

- playing and exploring - engagement;

- active learning - motivation; and

- creating and thinking critically - thinking.

We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

For full details see the parents handbook