Learning & Development

The Early Years foundation stage is an important part of everything we do at Pelican.  It sets certain standards that providers must meet to make sure all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.  Through EYFS we seek to provide a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities that are planned around each child’s individual needs.

For more information regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage framework please visit: here

We use online learning journeys through a system called EYLOG.  Each child’s development and progress is monitored by your child’s key person through observations, assessments and planning based on their various needs.  Learning journeys include key information specific to your child and termly summaries will be completed with opportunities for parents to have input and knowledge of where their child is in their development.

The key person system at Pelican aims to ensure personal attention is given to the needs and development of each individual child and family.

The role of the key person is to:

  • Assist your child to settle in the Centre
  • Act as a point of contact between home and the Centre
  • To observe and plan activities that will help your child through all areas of the EYFS.
  • Help build up positive relationships with parents

Problems or concerns can often be easily solved – please tell us about any you may have, we will do everything we can to help. We are also very happy to discuss any suggestions, offers of help or ideas that you may have about the Centre. your child’s key person will be happy to discuss them with you.

Pelican Childrens Centre aims to provide a rich and fulfilling experience for all children, whatever their ability or disability. We therefore have a Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy and a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our play activities are planned to enable development and our key person system enables us to plan to suit the needs of each child.

Monitoring of an individual child’s progress is continuous and where a child appears to need help in a specific area, it may be necessary to present different opportunities or use an alternate approach.

If you have any worries or concerns about any aspect of your child’s development, please do not hesitate to contact the SENCO, your child’s key person or the lead practitioner. A full copy of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy is available for you to view.

Pelican Childrens Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, Trustees and volunteers to share this commitment. We welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age. Successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure. Child protection is a high priority at Pelican.  We have an Officer and Deputy with specialist training. They deal with any concerns arising from the child, parents/carers and staff.  They liaise with the Local Authority Gateway and Hub teams and communicate with the police and other safeguarding professionals.

We deliver the Early Years Foundation stage through interesting and engaging activities that are planned weekly based on possible lines of development collected from your child’s recent observations.

We believe that children are active learners from birth and when given opportunities to explore through play it can help to encourage curiosity, imagination and independence.

We ensure staff are delivering quality learning experiences by enhancing their in-depth knowledge through continuing professional development and courses specifically related to the early years.

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