Learning Through Play

Through play, children make sense of their world.  Young children have an enormous capacity for intellectual development, they learn by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating. It is key for children to ‘have a go’, to be able to learn from their mistakes and try again.  Our Nursery School lays firm foundations for future learning and provides a rich variety of learning situations to enable the all round development of your child.  We are flexible and adapt our interactions for individual children’s maturities.

This allows us to meet children’s learning needs and enables all children to achieve their full potential.  At this age children need a great deal of adult time and attention and our experienced staff give sensitive, appropriate and well timed support.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is a play based framework which we use as a tool to ensure that all our children are developing and learning to their full potential.  We plan and provide a range of play activities, which help our children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.

There are 7 areas of Learning. 3 Prime areas and 4 specific areas.

Prime Areas

Personal, social and emotional development

This helps children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. This also involves developing social skills and learning how to manage their feelings.

Physical development

This involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.

Communication and language development

Involves giving children the opportunity 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.

Specific Areas


Involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children need access to a range of reading materials to ignite their interest.


Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, space 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.