‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ curriculum information provided by:

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. We at Abbey Nursery, through the care and education that we offer, intend to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

 ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

This is the statutory framework which sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth to five. There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early year’s settings. They are:

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials ( books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition ans subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance role-play, and design and technology.

We aim to deliver each area of learning and development through implementing planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child initiated activities. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

At Abbey Nursery we will respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. For children whose home language is not English, we aim to provide reasonable opportunities to develop and use their home language in play and learning, supporting their language development at home. Communication, language and literacy skills will be assessed in English. However, if a child has cause for concern about language delay, practitioners will communicate with parents/carers and all necessary steps will be made in partnership to assist the child in the best possible way.

All children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. Our key person system enables us to ensure a planned curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of each ‘unique child.’ Our curriculum enables children to progress towards the early learning goals throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage and prepares them for more formal learning which begins in Year 1 at Primary school.

You are most welcome to make an appointment with the nursery during the term at a convenient time to both yourself and the key person to discuss your child’s development.

All children will receive a ‘development report’ and an individual ‘learning journey’ at the end of the academic year in July.