The Little Acorns Pre-School,  St Lukes Church Hall, Gloucester Avenue, 


Essex CM2 9LG

PRIME AREA: Communication and language
​Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

PRIME AREA: Physical ​Development

Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written material) to ignite their interest.

​SPECIFIC AREA: Mathematics

Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures

SPECIFIC AREA: Understanding the World

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

SPECIFIC AREA: Expressive Art and Design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and material, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

Characteristics of Learning: Children learn in different ways and the Characteristics of Learning help us understand how children learn.

Playing and Learning : Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

Active Learning : Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

Creating and Thinking Critically : Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


We offer a planned curriculum which differentiates for the needs of each individual child, providing activities and resources appropriate for each age and stage of development.  Our curriculum enables all children to access the Early Years Foundation Stage, working through Development Matters, progressing towards the Early Learning Goals which continues to the end of their Reception year at school.  We have a Rising Stars Group to help the eldest children with the transition into school.

There are seven areas for development (3 prime areas and 4 specific areas). 
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PRIME AREA: Personal, social and emotional development

This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.