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Please see below a list of frequently asked questions, if you need the answer to something that is not listed please send us an email via the contact us page.


Q. What is EYFS?

The EYFS is a stage of children's development from birth to the end of their first (Reception or Foundation Stage) year in school. The EYFS framework describes how early years practitioners should work with children and their families to support their development and learning. It describes how your child should be kept safe and cared for and how all concerned can make sure that your child achieves the most that they can in their earliest years of life. It is based on 7 areas of learning and development.

3 Prime areas

4 Specific areas


For more detailed information on the EYFS please visit 8102/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

For a parents guide to the new EYFS framework, please click here


Q. What is Nursery Education Funding?

All three and four year olds are entitled to a free part-time early education place. This means your child will be eligible for five 3 hour sessions of free education a week, for 38 weeks of a year. The funding is available from the term after your child's third birthday until the term before their fifth birthday.

Further information can be found by clicking on this link


Q. What is ECAT?

TCC Preschool have joined the West Berkshire Every Child A Talker (also known as ECAT) to support the identification of children at risk of language and communication delay and to support them as early as possible. ECAT is a national programme that aims to develop the language and communication skills of children from birth to four years old. The ECAT programme works together with the Early Years Practitioners to give them the skills and the framework they need to identify and support children with speech, language and communication needs. ECAT is also designed to help preschools work with parents to encourage them to support their child’s language development.

The preschool staff will work with all the children on their attention control, turn taking, listening and play which in turn helps them with their understanding, expression, vocabulary, grammar, word linking, meaning and speech sounds.

If you would like to learn more about ECAT please visit