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Play is a very important part of all children’s development and we offer a safe and stimulating environment where children can build their skills, knowledge and understanding by having access to a wide range of equipment and materials both indoors and outdoors.

In Nursery our children paint, stick, cut, count, play with sand, dress up, pretend, have snack, talk, listen, read, write, share books, build with blocks, do jigsaws, learn about how things work, learn about the world outside, play with dough, make friends, learn about people, find out about festivals, take turns, enjoy songs and rhymes, dance, make music, use computers, play with water, dig, climb, throw, catch, ride a bike or scooter, draw, colour, slide and run.

We use the Early Years Foundation Stage to support children from when they enter our Nursery at 3 or 4 and this continues to the end of reception year or into Year 1.

The Early Years Foundation Stage identifies 3 prime areas of learning:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional awareness

And 4 specific areas of learning:
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

Each area of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage has a number of Early Learning Goals, which set out what children should achieve by the end of reception year. We aim to help our children to progress towards the Early Learning Goals through carefully planned activities. Children have access to a range of activities individually or in groups and are encouraged to make their own choices and decisions.

Children’s spiritual and moral development is an important aspect of their whole development. We foster this through giving children opportunities to share the wonder of the world and helping them to develop a responsibility towards their friends, other people and their environment. We find out about people’s Faith and beliefs (with an emphasis on Christianity), engage the children in making choices and provide them with clear boundaries.

If you would like to know more about the Early Years Foundation Stage, please ask Mrs Parsons or Mrs Barker the Nursery Teachers.