Learning & Development

At ABC Day Nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.It is the statutory framework that 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 are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.   Children develop quickly from birth to five years old, and it is vital to ensure they are given an excellent learning foundation.

You can read the full government guidelines via this website.

Further information can be read via this link.

  • The EYFS is about the education and care your child will receive from birth to 5 years, until they attend their first school.
  • Children benefit the most when we work with you to help their development.
  • Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning.
  • The part you play in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.
  • It is important to remember that you know more about your child than anyone else. At ABC Day Nursery we will be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about your child’s progress.
  • 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, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.’
  • Learning and Development – ‘Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities’

These themes are supported by the practice guidance which provides nursery staff with practical examples of how they can be implemented within day to day nursery life, taking into account the characteristics of effective learning.

Children develop quickly in their early years, and we seek to ensure we provide them with the best start possible. We are passionate about enabling our children to try their best and grow into independent, happy and confident individuals. Our early years practitioners will support your child’s development through observation, assessment and planning (where we identify experiences and opportunities that will help your child grow and develop).

The three Prime areas for Early Years learning are:

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

These are achieved through targeting specific skills and knowledge in literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.

Our staff observe observe our children, identifying strengths and opportunities for learning development.

EYFS gives a solid foundation for future learning, placing children at the heart of its framework. This is exactly what we believe in doing at ABC Day Nursery, as it enables our children to eventually leave us having enjoyed a successful and satisfying learning experiences.

All children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Play is the key to the way young children learn. Through play children can develop the confidence for learning, social skills needed for personal development, and skills needed for writing, counting and exploring their environment. In that way children become more independent and are able to tackle simple problems.

We know that children develop and learn in different ways. The framework we follow covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. Our staff teach children by ensuring they offer challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development. They foster the characteristics of effective early learning:
                  –   Playing and exploring

                  –   Active learning

                  –   Creating and thinking critically

We use a fantastic digital platform called Famly, which is downloadable as an app for your phone. Famly allows us to keep you updated on your child’s experience with us throughout the day with pictures and reports from their key worker. Your child will have their own private profile, only accessible to you and us, which logs progress and charts new skills learned. The Famly app provides you with live updates on your child’s day with us, from activities to learning outcomes.   It’s a brilliant tool and is something our current parents love using.

We understand that face-to-face contact is also vital to excellent communication. Therefore, we also host Parents’ Evenings, when you can talk to us directly about your child’s progress, both with us and at home.