Poplar Pre-School (CIO)

Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0DE


Children make progress at their own rate and we provide opportunities for children to be successful when they are ready. Planning is tailored to the unique child and we practise reflective observation on the environment in order for children to achieve maximum progress when they are ready to do so.

Our planning is flexible and activities are adapted as children respond to them in different ways and in their own ideas and enthusiasms. Planning is based around children's interests and their stage of development.

The three prime areas are fundamental; they work together and move through to support development in all other areas:

1) Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self confidence and self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

2) Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self care

3) Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

The four specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society:

1) Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

2) Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

3) Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The World
  • Technology

4) Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative