Our Ethos

Fun, Friendly, stimulating

Green Man Pre-school, now Leytonstone Community Pre-school has been providing child-centred care for over 40 years.

We follow the standard set by the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


‘The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;
  • a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
  • partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;
  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.’

There are four guiding principles that should shape practice in early years settings.
These are:

  • every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The content of the curriculum is defined by the areas of learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

Communication and language
Physical development
Personal, social and emotional development

Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:

Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design.

(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage March 2012)

We adhere to the ethos ‘Learning through play’ and believe in presenting a child with a range of activities and allowing them to experience them in their own way. We encourage independence in a caring and nurturing environment and thrive on a strong sense of community; we have a very strong partnership with our parents who form the management committee. They also support us through fund raising events such as fun days, and with grant applications.

The setting is run by a highly qualified team of staff led by an experienced manager. We have members of staff responsible for Special/Additional Educational Needs, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, First Aid and Behaviour Management and they are fully supported by our Policies. All of our Policies and Procedures are available to be viewed at any time. We endeavour to provide our children with an awareness of today’s changing society, with regard to culture, religion, gender, disability and special needs, in an age appropriate manner.

We aim for activities to be stimulating, imaginative and fun. As well as planning for the group, we are sensitive to the individual needs of the child and take pride in having a strong positive relationship with all of our families.

We have good relationships with outside agencies including the Pre-school Learning Alliance, local consortium, Extended Services and Waltham Forest Voluntary Action who offer us their continued support. We have excelled in our quality assurance scheme, Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching (QuILT), and have been awarded our Certificate of Minimum Standards (CMS).

The Leytonstone Community Pre-school is central to the community it is based in, and engages in this community through visits to, and collaborations with local children’s story-telling and art’s centre’s such as ‘Discover’ and ‘Stratford Circus’. We pride ourselves in offering our children unique experiences that will help shape them into the children they will become.

When children move on to their next setting, we aim for them to be confident, capable independent children who are able to communicate their needs, whilst showing consideration for others. We hope that they feel able to get involved and that they have a high level of self-esteem, and are ready to use all of their skills in a new environment which will enable them to progress as happy, well rounded children who realise their own worth. Happy confident children who are valued are able to learn.