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Learning & Development

We plan our week to ensure that children are excited and engaged by play-based learning.  There are two areas of learning and development that we take into consideration when planning our week:

  •  Prime areas:

    • Personal, social and emotional development

    • Physical development

    • Communication and language

  • Specific Areas:

    • Literacy

    • Mathematics

    • Understanding the world

    • Expressive arts and design

Learning through play

Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance on education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves and activities planned and led by practitioners.


Characteristics of effective learning

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Early Years Foundation Stage as:

  • Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Active learning – motivation

  • Creating and thinking critically - thinking.


We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do to provide to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

Our exciting weekly timetable can be found here:

Learn more:

Settling In

Read about how we help children settle in at our setting.

Our Aims

Read about our driving principles and aims as a pre-school.


Read about how we record development and show you what your child has been doing and learning with us.


Read about the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and see how we use it to plan learning.


"Children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good progress. All staff support them well, and manage their needs carefully. The pre-school works well with other professionals, when needed."

Ofsted 2017

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