Poplar Pre-School (CIO)

Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0DE


Children learn best through play and make progress at their own rate. We provide opportunities for all children to be successful and reach their own potential.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We provide continuous provisions for the children to select and use as they wish as they lead their own learning. Adults observe, support and capture the teachable moments that are unique for every child. We focus on how each child learns and support them.

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

1) Personal Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships

2) Physical Development

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills

3) Communication and Language

  • Listening, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking

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

1) Literacy

  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing

2) Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Numerical Patterns

3) Understanding the World

  • Past and Present
  • People Culture and Communities
  • The Natural World

4) Expressive Arts and Design

  • Creating with Materials
  • Being imaginative and Expressive