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Areas of Learning

In Foundation Stage One we aim to create an environment which promotes self-discovery, exploration and curiosity towards learning. We value each child as a unique individual and provide a balance of child initiated and adult led activities.
The Nursery is arranged in 'areas of provision' which supports the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children are encouraged to explore these areas, developing confidence and independence.
The staff in the setting observe children as they learn through play and identify the 'next steps' for individual children. You can find the next steps for your child on the target display boards so you can help support you child at home. Please talk to your child's key worker if you would like more information about their next steps.
Below are the Areas of Learning that we assess children's development in.



Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self- awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care


Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking



  • Reading
  • Writing



  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure


Understanding of the World

  • People and the communities
  • The world
  • Technology


Expressive arts and design


  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative