Our Approach

We believe children learn best in an interesting, caring and well planned environment.

We believe children learn best in an interesting, caring, challenging and well planned environment.


Cleethorpes Childcare warmly welcome children into our bright, open-plan play spaces where we encourage and support exploration of our safe and fun learning environments.

Our highly qualified, experienced practitioner teams prepare fun and engaging activities to inspire children to explore and learn in an independent and age/stage appropriate way with enhanced adult:child ratios promoting & challenging children’s individual learning processes.

Happy children and a buzz of excitement are clear signs that we get it right for each child and family we engage with in our early years and childcare community settings.

We look forward to sharing the Cleethorpes Childcare family experience with you!

Children’s Profiles

During your child’s time with us a keyperson is allocated to work with children and their parents to build relationships, observe and assess each child to support their personal learning and development. This allows key staff to build up a complete picture of each child, their personal interests and their progress. There are several benefits of a keyperson system:

The confidential information gained about each child is kept in an individual profile and is open for discussion with your child’s keyperson on request. We encourage parents to pass on any information you wish to share about your child, which may affect their time with us.

Whilst your child attends pre-school, the keyperson and other staff team members carry out informal observations and assessments. These assessments allow each keyperson to gain an accurate and informed picture of your child and their progress. We like to share some of these observations with you in the form of photographs, play plans and learning journeys. These observation tools help us to work together to build a picture of your child as they are involved in a typical pre-school session and are shared with parents and children as we value all input into your child’s development. When your child leaves our pre-school, we pass on their profile tracking sheet to enable the next provider/ school to enable them to gain an insight into your child’s progress and development and therefore plan for your child’s individual needs from the information they have already gained from us.

The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework requires that all parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in the 3 prime areas of learning and development:

This progress check may be undertaken by your child’s keyperson between the age of 30-36 months. We recognise that some children may start our setting having already received a progress check and we therefore ask that you provide us with a copy of this report to support us in developing appropriate and personalised opportunities for each individual child’s learning.

Activities and Curriculum 

Children attending our pre-schools will be learning through play activities within the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework
There are 3 Prime Areas of development to take into consideration when planning for each child’s needs:

The Prime Areas are developed and supported through 4 Specific Areas of learning which are:

Children are supported, guided, observed and assessed through an endless variety of play activities we provide during their time with us. Activities available indoors and outside may include sand, water, paint, dough, role play, books and language games, music, small world and construction, to mention but a few. We have access to climbing activities, parachute play, scooters and cycles to develop muscular strength and co-ordination and to encourage children to understand risk. We sing songs and rhymes and read stories together to improve knowledge and use of language. We provide ICT resources for an ever-changing world, offering a wide range of skills development through the use of equipment such as computers, camera’s, Bee-Bots, audio cd’s and keyboards. We support children to engage with activities, become motivated to learn through new experiences and opportunities and encourage critical thinkers through open-ended resources and discussions. Children are encouraged to become more independent as they grow and learn to cope with increasing amounts of responsibility, both for themselves and others as they develop their knowledge and social skills. Cleethorpes Childcare offer encouragement and a full transitional programme to support children in moving into full-time education with confidence.

Communication and language

We aim to support children’s language development through a variety of resources and schemes.  We use Makaton for all children who attend the setting, focusing on a sign of the week for you to share and practice at home.   We follow the DfE Letters and Sounds guidance and use schemes such as Jolly Phonics and Write Dance.   We may also share a rhyme of the week with you to sing along to as this encourages children’s talking, listening, ordering,  movement, rhythm and rhyme.  We have recently undertaken training with the Wellcomm speech and language scheme and will individually discuss with parents where we feel this may be beneficial for your child.


Cleethorpes Childcare offer inclusive environments and support for the whole family. We are extremely proud to have staff who are qualified and experienced to support children with a broad range of SEND. We work closely with North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) to ensure that all children receive the childcare entitlement and support appropriate for the needs and lifestyle of each child and family which includes working with families to ensure they are fully aware of the Early Years graduated response for SEND and NELC Local Offer for Early Years children. Have a look at some of the support and contact information on offer for families from pre-birth to five years of age as part of the Early Help Programme.

Reward Cards

We encourage positive behaviour in our settings and in order to help children understand this and develop their self-esteem, we provide a reward record card for each child. This card is colour – coded with your child’s key- group and enables children to obtain reward stickers to help them realise their achievements during their time with us. Cards are given out at the end of each session for your child to bring home to show other family members. We ask that the cards be returned to each session your child attends so they may continue to add to it.


Children made puppets to help with language and listeningChildren (and parents!) made puppets to encourage language development in a fun way!



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