Alderley Edge Pre-school


Alderley Edge preschool follows the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS) which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


We observe, assess and plan for children's learning and development across 7 areas ;

The 3 Prime areas:

  • Playing and exploring

  • Active learning

  • Creating and thinking critically

And the 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design

Our daily routine includes moment by moment experiences, purposeful and engaging resources which encourage all children to get involved with, which in turn promotes all these 7 areas.

Activities and resources are enhanced around children’s current interests in the moment, with the key person identifying possible lines of development that meet the needs of the children in their care. Your key person will record your child’s progress through the areas of learning and development in the form of learning stories on an online system called Tapestry. We provide regular opportunities for parents to discuss their child's needs, interests and achievements whenever possible. 

                                                                       In the Moment Planning

The cycle of observation, assessment, planning, will be carried out on a moment-by-moment basis. Previously we may have observed play and offered a follow up activity the following week, our process now ensures that this cycle is followed in that moment whilst the learning is happening and the children are interested and highly engaged. We then record this learning on our planning sheets after the cycle is complete. 

When children show high levels of involvement, that is when there is progress and development occurring – when the brain is at its most active. High level involvement occurs most often when children are able to pursue their own interests in an enabling environment supported by skilled staff. Planning in the moment helps to make this possible.

Practitioners Role

Our practitioners are highly skilled and knowledgeable about how to support and extend children’s learning.

The practitioner’s role is to:
- Build positive relationships with all children
- Interact and support learning
- Enhance areas and  provide resources to develop learning in the moment
- Record quality observations and interactions on tapestry

Focus Children

Each week we will select a group of children (approx. 5) and they will be the ‘focus children’ for that week. Every child initially will be a focus child once every half term, during this time we will ask for parents to share an observation with photographs on tapestry, we would love for you to share anything with us that is significant in your child’s life at that time, or any new or developing interests/learning that you have observed at home. Please find attached an example of this and guidance on how to add your own observation.  Your key person will invite you to do this the week before your child’s focus week.

During focus week – your child’s key person will focus on your child’s interests at that time and may even enhance or provide further resources to promote that interest. They will then complete a number of longer observations which will be seen on tapestry with the title ‘Focus Week’ these observations will include a more in depth record of the learning observed and how the practitioner has developed your child’s learning. Snap shot observations are still carried out as normal on all children and learning is still promoted across the whole pre-school.

Key points

We have focus children NOT focus activities

Sometimes you might see empty tables… don’t worry the children will quickly access resources and use the tables if they wish

The adult is used as a learning tool for your child. The child is NOT directed to set activities

We still have group times where we can plan teaching time around personal, social & emotional skills, phonics & maths.

We will regularly evaluate our environment enhancing resources and areas to ensure children are able to follow their interest.

If you would be interested in further information about ‘In the Moment Planning’ please speak with Miss Daniel or your child’s key person. We are looking at providing a parents information evening showcasing how ‘In the Moment Planning’ is working for us!


How to create your own observation on Tapestry

1.      Login to tapestry

2.      Select the observation tab (top left)

3.      Select + observation

4.      Select your child’s name

5.      Title – ‘Focus Week’

6.      Notes – in this section please share anything with us that is significant in your child’s life at that time, or any new or developing interests/learning that you have observed at home

7.      Add files – this is where you can add photos that you would like to share with us!

8.      Save

Your child’s key person will always inform you the week before your child’s focus week and will offer guidance and support if required to share your own observations with us.

We value the knowledge and understanding you have of your own child and would really appreciate it if you could share observations with us. Together we can then then plan activities to meet your child’s needs and offer a stimulating and inviting environment that will encourage your child’s learning and development.