Learning in the Nursery

In the Nursery we work through, and also beyond, the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, allowing us to tailor individual learning for each child, in order to achieve the best possible learning outcomes.  In addition to our fully qualified and specialist staff, a range of visitors and special events during the year support and enrich our creative curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to develop each child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical potential and their aesthetic awareness.  Learning journeys are topic-based, linked to children’s interests, using literature and current events to inspire, motivate and develop learning and progression.

The importance of play

During the Foundation Stage, many aspects of learning are brought together effectively through play: creative; investigative; outdoor; messy; imaginative; small world; construction. These may be child-initiated and guided by our teachers. Learning for young children should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience in which they explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes.

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage framework?

The Early Years framework comprises three prime areas and four specific areas of learning, in which every aspect of the curriculum is interrelated.

Prime areas of learning:

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

Specific areas of learning:

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

In addition, four key principles guide and underpin the work of all early years’ practitioners:

  • A unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident 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
  • 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 interconnected.

At Cumnor Nursery, our child-centric, topic-based and creative curriculum ensures that each of the above principles is adhered to for each individual child.

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