Putting the principles into practice

The principles which guide the work of all early years Practitioners are grouped into four themes:

  1. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient,
    capable, confident and self-assured
  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their
    experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership
    between practitioners and parents and/or carers
  4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

The seven areas of learning and development are:

Prime areas of learning

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities


Specific areas of learning

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest
    Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure
    Understanding the world involves 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 involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology

Meeting the individual’s needs

Meeting the individual needs of all children lies at the heart of the EYFS. Therefore here at Good Manors we will promote a positive attitude to diversity and difference within all children. This includes making sure all children and families feel included, safe and valued. A key person will be assigned to your child at the start of your child’s attendance at the nursery.

We will plan for each child’s individual care and learning requirements, which will help us to identify and respond to at an early stage to needs which may lead to the development of learning difficulties.

It is very important that staff and parents work together to support your child. Practitioners will plan activities by observing and reflecting on children’s spontaneous play, and will keep you regularly informed of your child’s progress through our online learning journey software, Tapestry.

It is important to note that children will not necessarily progress at the same rate as the published guidance. Some elements may appear to have been achieved quickly, others will take much longer.

The EYFS especially focuses on continuous provision; this enables the child to feel that everything has a place and that it will be there whenever they want it. The key person assigned to them will be there to support them, to offer encouragement and provide a trusting relationship. This will make the child feel safe and secure when attending the nursery, and will help the child flourish in their environment. 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, creativity, physically, socially and emotionally. By providing well-planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors, is an important way in which key persons support young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.

If a child attends more than one setting the nursery will ensure effective continuity and progression by sharing relevant information with them.

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Manor Lodge
T: 01329 230123

Miller Drive
T: 01329 823222

Stubbington Lodge
T: 023 9217 7560

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