Early Years Curriculum

Early Years Curriculum

What Will Your Child Learn at Nursery
The Nursery is staffed by qualified teachers and teaching assistants who plan and work together as a team.

We follow the statutory framework of the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage, introduced from September 2012, which covers children from birth to five years of age, however we take into account the individual need, learning styles and interests of the children.

The Early Years Foundation Stage follows a principled approach under four themes:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

The children work towards the early learning goals through seven areas of learning. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.

These three prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Alongside these areas there are four specific areas through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied, these are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage should underpin all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing children’s positive attitudes towards their learning. We also place a great emphasis on developing children’s learning through creativity and their own interests. We employ an artist in school and during the year all children will have the opportunity to work with a range of artists, including musicians, potters, storytellers and dancers.  Many of our staff have visited the pre-schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy and have been inspired and influenced by their philosophy which places the child at the centre of their learning.

Well planned play both indoors and outdoors is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge.

The staff all plan together on a weekly basis in team meetings and the whole school staff work together for medium and long term curriculum planning.

Through these first hand activities, based on play, we will help your child to develop: confidence, concentration, co-operation, curiosity, creativity, independence, self- esteem, the ability to communicate and an enthusiasm and enjoyment for learning.

We have policies in school, which cover all areas of the curriculum and many other important aspects of school e.g. Equal Opportunities, Assessment and Special Educational Needs. You are welcome to have a look at these at any time. (They are found outside Mrs Cryan’s office)

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