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Playing with a purpose

Play is a vital part of the growth and development of young children.


Providing well planned play opportunities and a broad range of resources and opportunities ensures that we provide the very best start for each child.


We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum to help us plan for the needs of all children through the following seven key areas of learning.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We provide children with experiences which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others. We support children in developing a positive attitude to learning and to help them to know themselves and what they can do. We provide a foundation for children’s emotional wellbeing and teach them about respecting others.

Physical Development

Young children’s physical development links to all other areas as children learn through being active. We encourage physical play and exercise and talk about the importance of healthy eating.


Children’s skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement are all positively promoted.

Communications and Language

In this area we focus on children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening. We plan activities and games which encourage children and adults to talk together and listen to each other. 


We share books, songs and rhymes and provide resources to make marks and practice our reading and writing skills. We plan fun activities to encourage letter recognition and phonic awareness. 


Everyday situations and our continuous provision encourage children’s mathematical skills.


Children use numbers for labels and for counting, begin to calculate and use shapes, space and measures during both planned and free play activities.


Understanding the World

We support this area through offering opportunities for children to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real life situations, to undertake practical ‘experiments’ and to work with a range of materials.


Expressive Arts and Design

We plan our nursery to support children’s curiosity, and imagination. Opportunities to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas through art, music, movement, dance, imaginative/role-play are readily available.

Observation and assessment

We plan our curriculum based upon what we know about the development, learning and personality of each child. We plan activities which relate to their current interests or to a relevant topic and aim to inspire your child to enjoy new learning.

Learning Journeys

Our ‘Learning Journeys’ act as a record of achievement for each child, documenting and celebrating the progress they are making towards the early learning goals; as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage documentation. This is recorded on Famly (online).  Parents can access these at any time with their login details and they are invited to add any comments to these observations and achievements.

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