Early Years Foundation Stage

At Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school we work alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  The EYFS sets standards for learning, development and care from Birth to 5 years.  

We recognise that every child is a competent learner.  We understand that children develop in individual ways and ensure that we plan experiences that are personalised to children’s individual learning styles and interests.  Practitioners promote child led learning within all age groups and provide environments that are engaging, through offering a variety of experiences that are both challenging and achievable to extend the children’s learning.

Children are observed and experiences are provided to promote learning outcome based upon the following 7 areas:

Prime Areas 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Art and Design

Once the children are secure in the Prime Areas of learning they will be prepared to access the Specific Areas. However, all are important to ensure the development of the whole child. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Each child has a Key Person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet the individual need of the child. The formation of healthy relationships within the setting is essential in enabling children’s well-being now and for their future success.

We believe that parents and carers are a child’s first educator and therefore work closely to ensure they are involved in what we do with their child within the setting. Parents can access their child’s online Learning Journal via the ParentZone App. ParentZone allows parents to read and comment on their child’s observations, photos and assessments. Parents also have the option to add their own observations and pictures from home.

Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school follow the ethos of ‘In the Moment Planning’ (ITMP). We do not plan in advance as this method of planning is based on the here and now. When children are submersed in deep level learning their brain is ‘lit up’ and this is the optimum time for a practitioner to interact with the child and introduce new learning and build on what the child is actively engaged in.

Charnwood Nursery & Pre-school is a privately run day nursery in Thurmaston, Leicester. We are registered for 115 children aged 0-4 years.  

We also provide out of school care for children aged 4 - 11 years.

Contact Us

22-24 Lonsdale Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 8JF

0116 269 6162