Play underpins all development and learning for young children. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.  Within the nursery we provide a wide range of learning opportunities to enable the children to access a variety of experiences. Every child starts nursery at a different stage of development.

Their individual needs are assessed and staff plan appropriately to meet those needs, providing suitable resources and activities which allow for progression.   Our nursery provision is based on ‘Development Matters’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. It stresses the importance of providing well-planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors.

In nursery we plan educational experiences that build on children’s interests and their spontaneous play as much as possible. We use our observations of the children to help us understand the child’s current stage of development and ensure that the activities are well matched to the children’s needs and address the next steps in their learning.


Spring termSummer termAutumn term
Term starts:Term starts:Term starts:
Wednesday 3 JanuaryTuesday 17 AprilTuesday 4 September
Half term:Half term:Half term:
Monday 12 February - Friday 16 FebruaryMonday 28 May - Friday 1 JuneMonday 29 October - Friday 2 November
Term ends:Term ends:Term ends:
Thursday 29 MarchFriday 20 JulyWednesday 19 December
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TEACHERS: Mrs Mahrer


Outlined below is a profile of work that your child will undertake this term. We hope that you will find this both interesting and informative. 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are learning to: 
• ‘Have a go!’ to have a try even if we find something a bit tricky.
• Form friendships with other children, taking turns and sharing.
• Have awareness of the boundaries set and of behaviour expectations in our Nursery.
• Be responsible for our own personal hygiene e.g. using the toilet, washing our hands, wiping our nose.

Communicating, Language and Literacy

We are learning to:
• Listen to, talk about and act out familiar stories and nursery rhymes.
• Listen to others in small groups.
• Join in with rhyming and rhythmic activities.
• Begin to hear and say the initial sound in words.
• Enjoy an increasing range of books.
• Recognise and begin to write our name. 

Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

We are learning to:
• Use some number names accurately in play and to count to ten/twenty.
• Recognise numbers to 10 and order them on a line.
• Order by size.
• Count sets of objects reliably e.g. counting 3, 6 or 10 dinosaurs.
• Estimate numbers and check by counting e.g. How many shells in the jar?
• Compare full and empty with lots of different containers in the water tray both inside and outside.  

Creative Development

We are learning to:
• Explore colour and differentiate between colours. ~
• Develop different techniques using paint e.g. sponge painting, wet paper painting, bubble painting, hand and finger painting.
• Explore what happens when colours are mixed.
• Explore and experience using a range of movements.
• Listen to different types of music and to move rhythmically. 

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We will provide opportunities for the children to: Recognise and describes special times or events for family or friends. Comment and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world. Talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.

We are learning to
• Complete a simple programme on the computer.
• Use time related words e.g. today, yesterday, tomorrow
• Construct with a purpose in mind. 

Physical Development

We are developing our gross motor skills by learning to:
• Move with pleasure in a range of ways.
• Mount steps or climbing equipment by using alternate feet.
• Experiment with different ways of moving.
• Show respect for other children’s personal space when playing together.

We are developing our fine motor skills by learning to:
• Join in with activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as cutting, gluing, painting and drawing and sewing.
• Explore play dough by patting, poking, squeezing, pinching and twisting.