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 Mini Munchkins Upper Norwood

Downsview Methodist Church

Waddington Way

Upper Norwood


SE19 3XH

07949 961 777





Learning and Development

The  Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) describes the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. It is a very important stage, as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. 


From the day your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.


Your child at preschool will be learning new skills as well as developing and understanding in 7 key areas of learning in the Early years foundation stage.

Children will have 3 prime areas of learning

Communication & Language

Personal, Social & Emotional

Physical Development

These prime areas are the most important for your child to start with at preschool as they lay a foundation for your child's success.

As your child grows and develops at our preschool their learning will be increased to 4 specfic areas of the EYFS. These are:



Understanding of the world

Expressive Arts & Design

These specific areas of learning are  essential skills and knowledge to ensure that your child has the best possible start to their learning journey.

Partnership with parents

Between the ages of 2 and 3 your child will have a review done called The Progress Check at age two. This is to enable earlier identification of development needs so that additional support can be put into place. Our staff will write up a report on the 3 prime areas of learning

Communication & Language

Personal, Social & Emotional

Physical Development

Transitioning To School

Leaving a setting and starting a new one can be a daunting and unsettling experience for any child. Our

Practitioners will give children opportunities to talk about their concerns and to ask questions. Often children's fears will be around practical issues, but adults shouldn't underestimate the emotional wrench for a child of leaving a key worker with whom they have had a close relationship. Each child will need to be supported sensitively by all involved adults throughout the transition process.



Our preschool has effective transitions within the Foundation Stage which depend largely on a commitment from our staff to develop communication links between local settings.

To ensure your child is ready for their school transition our setting will have meetings with the local schools and we make sure that communication about your child's development is communicated smoothly to make it an easy transition.