Learning through play in the heart of the community
Crondall Stepping Stones is a community led pre-school that aims to provide the very best in care and education for children aged between 2 and 5 years.
The pre-school is based in Crondall, a beautiful village in rural Hampshire, just 10 minutes from both Fleet and Farnham. The pre-school is safely tucked away with access to amazing outdoor space including the use of Hook Meadow and its playground.
What we believe in
The development and education of pre-school children, in a parent involving, community-based group
• Providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment
• Providing a sound foundation for the children’s school years
• Supporting the children to develop their potential at their own pace
• Working within a framework to ensure equal opportunity for all children
Our curriculum - child initiated, adult led
We offer a curriculum that, through developmentally appropriate play activities, progresses
children towards the early learning goals of the Foundation Stage and prepares them for the
National Curriculum in primary school.
Our key worker system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of each individual child.
The pre-school curriculum is divided into 6 areas of learning and recognises learning is best achieved through active play that is based on children's individual needs and interests.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This area is concerned with the development of a sense of self-worth, acceptable forms of social behaviour, co-operation and respect for the feeling of others, as well as learning to clearly express their own thoughts and ideas. This area underpins all other early learning goals.
Communication, Language and Literacy
Songs, rhymes, stories and poems are used to develop the key foundation skills for communication, language and learning.
The development of an understanding of mathematical principles will be encouraged through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. This enables children to become comfortable with number, shapes, space and concepts such as ‘more than’, ‘smaller’.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Through exploration and investigation children will learn about the world around them and ask questions. This area of learning extends to culture and beliefs as well as the physical environment and provides the foundation for future learning of history, geography, science and technology.
The use of indoor and outdoor play equipment and activities will develop greater mobility, physical control, gross and fine motor skills and awareness of space. Such activities include puzzles, sandpit, and playdoh, and music and movement.
The exploration of colours, textures, music, dance, and making things will engage all the senses of the children and encourage them to express their own ideas and feelings.