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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

Our Philosphy

Children are at the heart of everything we do at Pavilion. We believe that children learn and develop best through play. Therefore we aim to provide a safe stimulating environment, where children are encouraged to reach their full potential. An inclusive environment is at the heart of our practice where every child is welcome and their needs met.

Care and Nurture

Respect and Teamwork

Freedom and Honesty

Joy and Enthusiasm

Growth and Independence

Playfulness and Creativity

Adventure and Imagination

Learning Together

Our Curriculum

Areas of Learning



(English as an additional language)







Planning and Assessment

We encourage children's development in a holistic way. Our learning environment promotes the principles set out in the EYFS Framework and Development Matters. We also encourage the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning, Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically.

At Pavilion we understand that children need to develop securely within the prime areas to become competent learners.

The areas of Communication and Language, Personal and Social Development and Physical Development are the main focus of curriculum. These areas are promoted and encouraged throughout the setting. Children are given opportunities to develop in these areas through the offer of play, the enabling environment and meaningful interactions with staff. The curriculum offer also aims to promote children's knowledge and development in the following areas of learning;  Literacy, Maths, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts and Design



At Pavilion we welcome all children, we actively encourage an inclusive environment. We meet children where they are at, using their strengths and motivations to further learning and provide individual support for their area of need. We follow the gradual approach encouraging all children to develop to reach their full potential.

Our staff and SENDCo work together with parents and outside agencies to assess plan and deliver a curriculum reflecting the child's individual needs.

We recognise that English may not be the language spoken within a child's home. At Pavilion we celebrate this, we work with parents to include the home language in our day to day practice. We will nurture the development of language for these children, using their home language and understanding that it may take time for them to become confident in English.

Keeping children safe is always our main priority and is at the heart of our practice at Pavilion. We regularly access training and staff update and reflect on their practice. We have robust risk assessments in place. Safeguarding officers are always present at Pavilion. We operate as a safeguarding team, with our Managers as Designated Lead Officers plus nominated safeguarding trustee.

Our planning ensures that the individual needs of the child are promoted and developed. Planning at Pavilion encompasses In The Moment planning recorded on a white board reflecting the spontaneous experiences and learning that occurs in the setting. We recognise that children may have to spend extended periods of time at home so key workers will contact the family to offer support and fun ideas to try at home. 


Play Plans



Keeping Healthy

Mental Health


Cultural Capital

Charitable Status


Children are tracked 3 times per year by their key worker and reviewed by the senior management team. Baseline (first assessment), is early in the spring term and the end of the summer term. 

Play plans are a vital tool in the working partnership with parents/carers to provide input and support for individual learning for children on the SEND register. Written by a child's key worker in conjunction with the SENDCo, they form part of the graduated response to meeting SEND. Staff will use targets and advice given by outside agencies within the plans. Staff will implement plans by spending dedicated time with the individual child. 

At Pavilion we work closely with parents. Parents are asked to fill in termly update sheets. Key workers will discuss next steps at parent meetings. If parents wish to discuss their child's development they can arrange a meeting with the key worker or senior management team. We use a secure communication tool called Famly to share news from Pavilion to home and vice versa. 

Positive behaviour is modelled and encouraged at Pavilion. Staff reduce the use of negative language and take time to explain why certain types of behaviour may not be acceptable. Children are encouraged to make good choices and encouraged to think about how their actions affect others. We recognise that at times a child's behaviour may become challenging. We will work together as a staff team and with parents to develop a plan to encourage positive behaviour. When needed we will request help from outside agencies and introduce actions based on their advice

We use a code of conduct within Pavilion

Kind words

Kind hands

Listen to each other

Help each other 

Share with each other 

At Pavilion we recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We promote this through the following:  physical play, with daily access to outdoor space and physical development which is planned as part of our curriculum.

Children are encouraged to talk and explore their feelings throughout the setting. Staff plan and include for emotional regulation through play modelling, discussion and story. Small enclosed spaces are available for children 

Some staff have food hygiene training. We provide healthy snacks which are monitored by staff. Whole milk and water are available for children to drink. Allergies and dietary requirements are taking in account. Health lunch boxes are encouraged.

We recognise some of our children do not have access to a garden and we prioritise outdoor physical play. We also maximise the use of our allotment area where we grow fruit and vegetables, explore the natural world and the life cycle of food, insets and birds. May of our children have full time working parents and our experienced staff team deliver a nurturing approach, reading stories, baking cakes and making play doh.


We also aim to deliver play experiences that children may not access at hoe such as messy play, painting, and sensory play. As our city is founded on a multicultural platform, we embrace all cultures and celebrate diversity through our regular planning. Pavilion offers families extended services through our breakfast and after school clubs. 

Pavilion Preschool is a not for profit registered charity with a Charitable Incorporated structure (CIO). We are governed by a voluntary committee of Trustees who oversee and care for the preschool for future generations to enjoy. Our Trustees are usually parents of our attending children or community members who are passionate about the preschool and the work that we deliver.

We also welcome members from the wider family or local community with valuable skills or experience in managing charities. Our governing document is a model constitution from the Pre school Learning Alliance with whom we are members. Trustees are elected at our Annual General Meeting to which all members are welcomed. All Trustees are required to hold a clear volunteer DBS certificate and be registered with OFSTED.

The committee meet up to twice a term and oversee the work of the management team as well as organise fundraising events. Being part of the committee team is a great way to be involved in a child's early years experience as well as giving something back to the community. 

Individual Planning

Keyworkers observe their children and from these observations assess and plan activities and interventions based on a child's individual needs.

Weekly Plan

This is written by members of the management team and reflects children's special interests, festivals, themes and seasons. The plan is often loose and maybe changed to reflect the children's interests in the moment. 

Focused Activity

This is planned to provide balanced coverage of knowledge and skills in the 7 areas of learning over an academic year. Staff will work in small groups to assess a child's ability and plan next steps for children. 

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