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Enjoyable Learning

Play and Learn approachYour child's day will be carefully planned and all activities are prepared appropriate to each age group and stage of development.

Your child will only progress to the next stage when they are ready and when this has been discussed with you to ensure you are happy with this decision.

At Play & Learn Nursery, we follow the Birth to Three Matters Framework and Foundation Stages education programmes to ensure your child receives the best possible start to their learning in a stimulating and encouraging setting.

Birth to Three Matters is an educational framework that helps develop babies and toddlers. The framework recognises that all 0-3 year olds have a need to develop and learn though interaction with people and exploration of the world around them. Birth to Three Matters is divided into four 'Aspects' which focus the skill and competence of babies and young children and highlights the interrelationship between growth, learning, development and the environment in which they are cared for and educated.

The four aspects are split in to components, which are:



A Strong Child

Me, Myself and I

Being Acknowledged and Affirmed

Developing Self-assurance

A Sense of Belonging

A Skilful Communicator

Being Together

Finding a Voice

Listening and Responding

Making Meaning

A Competent Learner

Making Connections

Being Imaginative

Being Creative


A Healthy Child

Emotional Well Being

Growing and Developing

Keeping Safe

Healthy Choices

Foundation Stage 3-5 sets our six learning areas, which are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

Each of these areas has a set of stepping stones that progress towards early learning goals, for which each of the Base Room Learders coordinate planned activities to help meet the diverse needs of each child, so that they are well prepared for when they start school. Learning is encouraged through play and includes activities to involve each area.

At the end of each day, you will receive a daily report that details the progress your child has achieved, what they have learnt, what they have eaten and drank, when they slept and any other important information that you may need.

A Key Worker will be dedicated to your child to encourage, support and develop their skills and ensure that records of development are kept and individual needs are met for you and your child.

Every child will receive a Birth to Five portfolio that celebrates their progress and achievements, and focuses on your child's early years both at Nursery and at home. The Key Worker will be involved in building the portfolio based on discussions, achievements and observations that are made by spending quality time with you and your child.