At the Ark at Tresillian we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which is a document that sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to five years of age. The document is based on a number of principles grouped into themes

  • A unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured. 
  • Positive relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. 
  • Enabling environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. 
  • Learning and development – children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning are equally important and inter-connected. 

These four guiding themes work together to underpin the way we support the learning, development and care of young children during their time with us. Every child is unique and when placed in an enabling environment with positive relationships they are able to learn and develop. 

The ways in which a child engages with other people and the environment – Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Thinking Critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. These are called the characteristics of effective learning

There are also 7 areas of learning, these areas of learning are split into two: the ‘Prime Areas’ and the ‘Specific Areas’. The Prime Areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning: communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, and physical development. 

Once a child has laid their learning foundations within the prime areas, they are then able to start achieving skills that work within the Specific Areas of learning: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design. All activities planned at the setting are underpinned by the areas of learning. 

Planning for each room is displayed clearly for all staff, students and parents/ carers to see. The planning shows the themes of learning taking place that particular week. It is the role of the practitioners to then differentiate learning to ensure that every child is included. The practitioner will then write observations of individual children in play celebrating achievements. Next steps will also be planned in order to take individual children’s learning forward; this in turn will enable children to achieve their full potential. Your child’s learning journey will be formally put together by their Key Person, who will document all aspects of your child’s learning and development on an electronic learning journal called ‘Elite Pathway’. Upon joining us, you will be provided with log in details to access the learning journal, once set up you will be able to see your child’s learning journal from the comfort of your own home.

Contact Us

The Ark at Tresillian is open Monday- Friday, 8.00am-6.00pm, 50 weeks of the year

Address: The Ark at Tresillian, 112 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ71AW

Telephone number: 01548 852443


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Ofsted registration number: RP903483