Early Years Curriculum

We aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which is both differentiated and based on the girls’ needs, interests and level of development. We ensure our curriculum is exciting while offering an appropriate level of challenge to the girls. Our curriculum addresses the girls’ social, emotional, physical, intellectual, moral and cultural development within a safe, secure and stimulating environment. Pre-Prep and Prep follow the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (2021) through the teaching of seven areas of learning, which also enables the girls to develop skills, attitudes and understanding in all these inter-connected areas. All areas are of equal importance.

All classes are taught by experienced, qualified staff who follow our own Early Years curriculum, which we have developed in accordance with the EYFS Framework, the non-statutory guidance, Development Matters (2021) and Birth to 5 Matters.



The areas overlap considerably, and topics are used to help the children to make sense of their learning and to allow them to create links between new ideas and what they already know. Each area of learning is implemented through planned, purposeful play and an individualised approach, where all girls take part in a mixture of adult-led and child-led activities, enabling them to progress and develop at their own pace. We aim for all children to achieve or exceed the ‘Early Learning Goals’, by the end of the Preparatory Class.

We value mindsets, skills and attitudes that we believe are invaluable in helping our girls become independent thinkers and learners, as well as preparing them for the future.

We also provide enrichment experiences through specialist teaching and either a school trip, outing or special visitor every term. Parents are both encouraged and welcomed into our classes throughout the year to address the girls which may include details of their culture, religious beliefs (during different festivals, for example), their experiences of the world or details of their career. A number of subjects are taught by specialists who work across year-groups in the school including science, music, gymnastics, PE, dance and Spanish.

The EYFS classrooms lead directly onto the secure and stimulating outdoor space which is used daily for supervised activities. In EYFS, girls have sole use of both the verandah and outdoor classroom area, with willow tunnels and muddy play structures reserved for their use. The children are also fortunate to have the beautiful area of Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill on their doorstep.

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“One of the things I love about Village Prep is that the girls develop confidence and a solid sense of self that comes across to the entire community.

The girls are kind and sweet to one another, they model positive behaviour not only by being academically driven but by being community-minded. I see that there is a strong love of learning that is nourished among the students.

As a parent, I feel that Village Prep is a safe space for young women to flourish and be the best versions of themselves.”

Parent – Summer 2023


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