The Early Years Foundation Stage

The staff at The Vale Nursery follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 which encourages development and learning from birth to 5 years.

The aim of the framework is to encourage young children to achieve the 'Every Child Matters' outcomes, of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being. The nursery undertakes the responsibility of ensuring that the children are provided with opportunities to develop a solid platform for future learning, enabling them to reach their full potential in a fun-filled, child centred environment.

Outdoor play area

The framework ensures that the children have access to a range of play activities, resources for learning and that the inclusion of every child is of paramount importance.

Through observing and assessing, children's individual needs are met and children can make progress through the 'Development Matters' section of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We work towards Phase 1 of the government's Letters & Sounds (L&S) Program at Pre-school. When your child moves on to school they will work through other Phases of this program as they progress through each year group. Each child has been placed into a L&S group so that all children take part in the weeks L&S activity. The first aspect of phase one relates to developing listening skills, an important foundation for being able to differentiate letter sounds later on.

Group times

These are opportunities to develop children’s communication and listening skills. Topics may be discussed from the planning or as relevant brought up through children’s current interests. We may complete a small task/game to develop certain skills and we choose a ‘Helper of the Day’ to carry the register, give out plates/milk and fruit at snack time. All children take part in group times over the week though group times may have less children while small group work is going on.

At the end of a session we read a story and sing songs – developing Literacy, confidence, mathematical understanding, personal, social and emotional skills as well as preparing all children for small group work and school too.

We strongly encourage Outdoor play and investigation in all weather. We base our activities on our children's interests and needs