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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 competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable and self assured.


Positive Relationships

  • Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.


Enabling Environments

  • The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • The emotional environment, indoors and outdoors.


Learning and Development

  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.


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

    Making relationships

    Self- confidence and self –awareness

    Managing feelings and behaviour
    Physical Development

    Moving and Handling

    Health and Self-care

    Communication and Language

    Listening and Attention



    Specific Areas of Learning  


    Shape, Space and Measures




    Understanding the World

    People and Communities

    The World


    Expressive Arts and Design

    Exploring and Using Media and Materials

    Being Imaginative



We also take into account how children learn and plan for this too. This is known as the characteristics of effective learning.

Characteristics of Effective Learning


Playing and Exploring - Engagement

Finding out and exploring

Playing with what they know

Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning - Motivation

Being involved and concentrating

Keeping trying

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking

Having their own ideas

Making links

Choosing ways to do things