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Nursery School

Helping Every Star to Shine




Nursery School

Helping Every Star to Shine

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We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a balance of adult led and child-initiated activities. We provide opportunity, resources and support for children to learn at the highest level through their play. Children engage in active learning which involves other people, objects, ideas and events that involve them for sustained periods of time. The environment supports every child’s learning through planned experiences and activities that are challenging but achievable. We offer warm trusting relationships with knowledgeable adults to support children’s learning.


Through our work with our children and their families we demonstrate the four 'Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage' which are


A unique child

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured 

Positive Relationships

  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships


Enabling Environments

  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual needs and help them to build learnimng over time. Children benefit from a stron partnership between practitioners and parents/or carers.


Learning and Development

  • Importance of learning and development. Children develop and learn 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 (SEND)


    Areas of Learning and DevelopmentAspect
    Prime Areas of Learning 
    Personal, Social and Emotional Development


    Managing Self

    Building Relationships

    Physical Development

    Gross Motor Skills

    Fine Motor Skills

    Communication and Language

    Listening, Attention and Understanding


    Specific Areas of Learning 


    Numerical Patterns



    Word Reading


    Understanding the World

    Past and Present

    People, Culture and Communities

    The Natural World

    Expressive Arts and Design

    Creating with Materials

    Being Imaginative and Expressive



We also take into account how children learn and plan for this too. This is known as the characteristics of effective learning. We are aware of the different rates that children learn and have a curriculum which reflects this. We will adjust our curriculum to be appropriate, challenging and accessible to all children.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Children will :

Playing and Exploring - Engagement

Investigate and experience things

'Have a go'

Active Learning - Motivation

Concentrate and keep on trying when they have difficulties

Enjoy achievements

Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking

Have and develop their own ideas

Make links between ideas

Develop strategies for doing things