How we learn

Farley Nursery School 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:

  • Supports your child and family transition into the setting.
  • Develops a strong bond with your little one, allowing them to play freely and confidently whilst feeling safe and self-assured in our outdoor learning environment.
  • Plans quality activities and learning experiences based on your child’s individual need.
  • Builds a strong, collaborative partnership with parents.
  • Supports your child’s transition to school.
  • Records, tracks and celebrates your child’s progress with you.

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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.

Outdoor Learning Approach

At Farley Nursery Schools, children spend all day outdoors; exploring, creating, playing and learning. This approach is a huge leap from mainstream indoor learning where children can have as little as ten minutes, twice a day, to play outside. 

Our award-winning private nursery schools create a truly exceptional environment for children to develop. We believe, and much research supports this belief, that outdoor learning helps children’s confidence, social skills, capacity for learning and overall health. 

Our wonderful environments are purposefully designed to follow a unique Outdoor Learning ethos – come rain or shine, children are outside, discovering bugs, making mud pies, storytelling, creating dens, solving puzzles, reading, painting and using their imagination. Children at Farley Nursery Schools have freedom. Freedom to roam. Freedom to use their imagination. Freedom to learn and interact with other children. Freedom to develop in a safe and stimulating environment. And freedom to have lots of fun. 

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