How we learn

Ashby Day Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5-years-old.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life

Every child deserves the best possible start in life. Research shows that a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right but good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation needed for children to fulfil their potential.

How we learn

At our nursery each child has a key person who:

  • Develops a strong bond with your little one, allowing them to play freely and confidently whilst feeling safe and self-assured.
  • Plans quality activities and learning experiences based on your child’s individual need.
  • Builds a strong, collaborative partnership with parents.
  • Support for transitions to school.
  • Records, tracks and celebrates your child’s progress with you through our online learning journals.

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The EYFS curriculum

There are seven areas of Learning and Development within EYFS. Whilst all are important and inter-connected, the framework splits learning into three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas’.

The Prime Areas are fundamental to igniting a child’s curiosity and building their capacity to learn. These are: Communication and Language; Physical Development; and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The Specific Areas strengthen and apply the Prime Areas. These are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; and Expressive Art and Design.

  • Communication and language

    Providing an environment where children grow their confidence and learn to express themselves in a variety of situations.

  • Physical development

    Helping children develop their co-ordination, control, and movement through active and interactive play. Children are also taught about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating.

  • Personal, social and emotional development

    Providing an environment where children grow their confidence and learn to express themselves in a variety of situations.

  • Literacy

    Encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials including books and poems to ignite their interest.

  • Mathematics

    Helping children with their counting skills, understanding numbers and simple addition and subtraction problems.

  • Understanding the world

    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

    Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, and for giving them the opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, role-play, design and technology.

Forest school

The Forest School is a nature-based approach to learning personal, social and emotional life skills. It gives our pre-schoolers the opportunity to learn about the natural environment around them, to learn use their own initiative to solve problems and learn how to work with others.

The programme is initially adult-led as our qualified Forest School Leaders first establish routines, behavioural expectations and rules around safety and hygiene in the woodland. Once these are embedded, the programme takes on a child-led approach. Children are taught to use full sized tools and learn how to face new challenges and risks they wouldn’t face in an indoor environment. The physical freedom of learning outside through climbing, exploring, running, jumping and balancing supports development of the young child’s body towards finer movements that will be required for such skills as writing.

Forest School helps to develop:

  • Fresh and nutritious homemade meals
  • A home from home environment fostering a warm sense of belonging
  • Encouragement and independence in all areas of learning and development
  • Support for transitions to school
  • Excellent partnerships with parents
  • Fresh and nutritious homemade meals
  • A home from home environment fostering a warm sense of belonging
  • Encouragement and independence in all areas of learning and development
  • Support for transitions to school
  • Excellent partnerships with parents
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