Early Years Foundation Stage

Rainbow Pre-school Southampton Limited ‘Spirit’ is a thread that flows through everything we believe in, and do. It is the foundation and building block of every child’s learning and care that they experience whilst attending our pre-school.

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to their full potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early year’s services they want, the provision will keep their children safe and help them to thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework that provides that assurance” (DCSF, 2007 – revised 2018).

At Rainbow Pre-school we strive to offer every child the best learning experience and aim for them to build on these early learning experiences, to develop into confident & competent lifelong learners. We provide this by offering a curriculum that is tailored to every child.

We base our curriculum on three inspirational theorists. The first, Abraham Maslow, an American 20th century psychologist, who put great emphasis on creating the optimum environment in which we are ready to ‘take on the world’. Believing in providing the basics in life; food, water, warmth and shelter, then building on the basics by providing a safe and secure environment, next offering a secure key person who understands the child and installs a sense of belonging, and finally promoting the child’s self-esteem. A culmination of all these factors, in the order they are listed, allows the child to fulfill their full potential; thus being able to fully access the pre-school curriculum and all it has to offer.

The next two theorists place their beliefs in the importance of play and learning. Jean Piaget a 20th century Swiss psychologist placed great emphasis on the child as an individual learner, learning through first hand experiences through exploration & investigation. Our play rooms are set up for children to be independent learners, who are able to self-select activities and resources.

And thirdly, theorist Lev Vygotsky a 20th century Soviet psychologist who identified that children have a pre-disposition to learn from interacting and watching more able children. This supports our practice for mixing children’s age groups, rather than segregating them.

Building on these theorists findings we offer a curriculum that balances child led activities with adult directed activities, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn, develop and thrive.

We develop our curriculum in line with The Dfe Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS

Key Person

Each child must be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs … to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2014).


We use an online learning journal called Tapestry to record all of our children’s learning and development.
Parents are set up with their own accounts with Tapestry so that they can view their child’s journal and share updates.

If you have any concerns regarding Tapestry or need support with your account please speak to your key person.

You can assess your account through the link below.