Teaching, learning and child development in the Early Years Foundation Stage is broken into three prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional; Communication and Language; and Physical Development.  These areas cover the knowledge and skills which are the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress, and which are applied and reinforced by four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts, and Design.

Teaching and learning in the Nursery is designed to develop and encourage independent learning.

Throughout the day the children will have short, adult led sessions encompassing the areas of learning cited above, as well as inspiring self-initiated activities that assist in forming the foundations of their learning and development.

Providing well-planned experiences based on a child’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors, is an important way in which the Nursery supports young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.  Play underpins all development and learning for young children.  Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.

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"Exeter Catherdal School balances academia and childhood brilliantly" Good Schools Guide 2016

Good Schools Guide