The Curriculum

Early Year Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage Principles we cover at the Nursery are,

  • Every child is A UNIQUE CHILD, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, condent and self-assured;
  • Where children learn to be strong and independent through POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
  • By ENABLING ENVIROMENTS can help develop children to learn and establish their experience and respond to their individual needs. It also develops a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • Children LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT develops in different ways. The framework covers education and care of all children in early provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

We explore all these areas of development in constructive activities such as:

Sand and Water Tray: We provide opportunities for sand and water play for children to experiment and observe changes, encouraging their imagination, thinking skills and discovery

Art and Design: We give opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through painting, collage and other messy activates.

Model Making Area: By investing a range of construction and modelling materials, children learn to work together, share their ideas and communicate their thoughts by using their senses.

Mark Making Area: We give children opportunity to develop their pencil control skills and increase their understanding of writing and its meaning in the environment through a range of activities. We also aim to build up their phonic knowledge ready for school.

Investigation and Discovery: We provide opportunities for children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question through a variety of experiences and encourage them to explore and find out about their environment.

Communication Table: Children are encouraged to talk, communicate and work together, through different activities and respond to adults as well as each other.

Floor Area: Opportunity for children to use their ne and gross motor skills and also use their imagination through play.

Imagination Table: Gives children chance to role play using different roles familiar to them and express themselves freely.

Story Time: Children are given quiet periods during the day to hear stories read and to look at books. This broadens their knowledge of language and literacy.

Circle Time: Circle time is a chance for children to get together as a group and listen to each other. It develops their ability to concentrate and gives chance for each child to become a valued member of the group.

Music and Movement: This helps children to develop their gross motor skills and increase their understanding of their own bodies through music, dance drama and role play.

A continual assessment, The Early Years Profile is produced for each child and this record is used to influence planning, to give the best possible attention to the needs of the children, and to continuity of experience for the child.

The seven areas of learning and development are covered these are:

  1. Communication and language
  2. Physical development
  3. Personal development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the world and
  7. Expressive arts and design