The Early Years Curriculum

What is it all about?

In Early Years, learning is built around themes and interests. Children are given opportunity to contribute to the themes, and parents are encouraged to actively support us by bringing in artefacts and photographs from home.

We follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage, which encompasses seven Areas of Learning.

Prime Areas - areas children develop from birth

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas - areas which children progress through as they become older.

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

The progress of children is closely monitored throughout each academic year by the child's Key Person, with notes and photographic evidence kept in a 'Year Book' personal to each child.  These Year Books are presented to children at the end of Little Crofters, Little Crofters Pre-school and Reception, for parents and children to treasure forever.

At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, each child is assessed according to the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, to ensure a smooth transition to Key Stage 1.

Specialist Teaching


The foundations for children's music making are laid in Early Years. Specialist Music Teachers visit Little Crofters, Little Crofters Pre-school and Reception classes several times a week to introduce children to singing and playing musical instruments.


A French Specialist introduces Little Crofters Pre-school and Reception children to speaking and understanding the French language in weekly French lessons. 


Reception children are taught PE (Gymnastics, Games and Dance) and Swimming by specialist staff.

The Croft Preparatory School
Alveston Hill
Loxley Road

CV37 7RL

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