Friday, 8 August 2014

Educating Pre-Schoolers: Introduction


I am doing a new mini series on the blog, all about educating pre-schoolers - I thought I would give it a little introduction and some background information!

Whilst attending Corey's most recent parent's evening, it turned out to be a bit of a shock to my system. All was going well hearing about my happy little chappy. Until his key worker sat there and said he could count to 10. 10?! Noo, my baby can do much more - can count to 30 and knows the whole alphabet. Which I am extremely proud of! It made me realise that he wasn't learning anything through his pre-school. A place where I believed they were to prepare him for school? Or is that me being silly?

Of course I questioned this. The nice lady explained how that it is in their guidelines they are not allowed to teach children such things as they are not qualified. This may or may not be true. But it certainly hit a spot of sudden panic into me. He is to spend a whole year just playing? As much as I do want him to have fun as a child and I will embrace his childhood as much as I can, I do believe a child should be learning the odd bits and bobs at this stage.

They are at that point that they want to be exploring and learning new things, they find it fascinating. Whilst testing my theories, with our new routine - on the second day he refused to go to bed without his 10 minutes of learning so he could get his sticker. We were originally running behind bed time so I was just going to leave it, but as he insisted - of course, who am I to say no to such dedication?! On the third night, he wanted a book read to him before bed for once.

So there is a bit of the information on to why I am doing this, the series will include top tips, gadgets and more, with a little give away at the end too!

What do you think of this series? Is there anything that you would like to see in particular from it? Would love to know your thoughts! If you want to keep up to date on these posts, the best ways are to follow via either Twitter or BlogLovin :)

Love, Gemma xo


  1. This sounds great lovely. I'm not sure if what you were told is true but there are plenty of ways for them to learn through play, songs and rhyme etc. They could be extending those children who do know bigger numbers with these activities to enhance their learning. I have very little experience in early years foundation stage but I'm pretty sure they are not meant to make them sit down and do activities as everything should be child led. Fab that Corey is so keen to do stuff at home though, it will make such a difference when he goes to school! Xx

  2. Sounds like a great series, I look forward to reading more from it :) x

  3. As a former primary school teacher I would love to see this. I think it is so sad that the pre school staff think they can't extend their learning - I'm pretty sure if they are following the EYFS guidelines they are perfectly able to do it. Looking forward to the series :)

  4. What a great idea, look forward to reading more posts in the future #mummymonday



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