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Pinvin Community Preschool

Nurturing hearts and minds on a path of possibilities

Our Curriculum and Pedagogy

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021, teaching children across the 7 areas of learning; Personal, social and emotional development, Communication and language, Physical development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive arts and design. When planning our curriculum we consider what the children already know and can do and build upon this taking into account the way they learn. 

Through our teaching we want children and adults to create and feel a sense of balance as described below.

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Be present: We slow down and breathe, grounding ourselves and coming together as a family to fully embrace the here and now.  We want everyone within the setting to be present. This allows for stronger connections with others and with the environment.  Anxiety created by looking forward is reduced as is low mood by worrying about the past.  Children learn to embrace a sense of calm in the present moment and enjoy the journey.  We focus on the now, not what is next.

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Authentic self: There is nothing more liberating than being allowed to be your true self, in the good times and the bad.  Our children, staff and families are supported in developing a strong self-esteem and given a safe space to explore their thoughts, ideas, and feelings together without judgement.

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Love and be loved: No matter who you are, where you come from, your abilities, or feelings you are communicating through behaviour. Everyone is taught that kindness and love is a basic human right and nobody is more important than anyone else.  Respect is shown by all including self-respect and self-love.  We are in this together and no one gets left behind.

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Appreciate: Every individual and the contributions they make are appreciated and valued.  Gratitude and appreciation for random acts of kindness and exploration for knowledge are encouraged.

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Nature lover: Nature is a part of our daily lives.  We learn to slow down, stop, look and listen to the world around us and embrace nature.  We explore the seasons together and use this as a foundation for our learning, building stamina and resilience. No matter what the weather, we will find joy.

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Creator and author of own story: Creativity can flow throughout the children’s learning.  They are encouraged to take the lead and we follow, wherever this may take us, whether this be to find dragons in a field or finding suitable resources to measure out a recipe for a magic potion. Children are encouraged to create their own narratives within their play and our high-quality practitioners scaffold this learning.

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Emotionally resilient: Health and wellbeing is of paramount importance for us to thrive in modern society.  ​Children are encouraged to resolve conflicts independently and to find answers to their questions through sustained shared thinking.  ​Physical resilience is supported through outdoor activities and allowing children to manage their own risks and experience disappointment as well as success.​

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Hygge Approach

In September 2020 the setting embarked on a new approach to how we teach children also known as our pedagogy. Below documents our journey.


Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is the Danish approach to life that focuses on having a happier and more simple life. Using elements of warmth, cosiness and nature to make the most of every day of the year. 


As we moved through the training we learnt about the changes we were able to make to our learning environments, outdoor provision and daily rhythm to bring in more calmness. In making these changes, we have noted a dramatic impact on the children's, and staff's, overall wellbeing. The children have built up a basic resilience to the elements and their imaginations have blossomed with the use of natural resources that they find.


A big part of our training focussed on supporting the wellbeing of the preschool team and the children. We have all grown and are confident in understanding how we can achieve higher levels of wellbeing through self care and becoming present in nature.


We have now reached the end of this amazing journey and very proud to confirm that we are an accredited Hygge in the Early Years setting.

In the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) we are committed to ensuring our practice is based on up to date guidance and research. To support with this we use two key documents;

Birth to five matters (2021) and 

Development matters (2020).



Birth to five matters

Development matters