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Our Nursery Curriculum

Statutory Requirements

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. There are core documents produced nationally to support us in meeting the requirements. They are available to download below:

 Areas of learning

The curriculum covers the following areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Curriculum Information

If you would like more information about our curriculum, you can call in to the school office, or complete the following form.

What does this look like at Hylton Red House Nursery School?

We use the EYFS to guide our planning for children across the 7 areas of learning.

Staff use support documents such as Birth to 5 Matters to help make assessment judgements against children's development. 

We assess children (with the help of families) to see what they can already do when they join us. We use this as a starting point for our planning. 

Our curriculum intent is linked to our Core Values. Our curriculum model is influenced and informed by early years research. Within this model we deliver learning experiences for children in 3 key ways:


Our daily routines are carefully planned to ensure that children have the opportunity to repeat and revisit their learning over time. The familiarity of the routines help children to settle quickly and help them to begin to understand the passage of time and what is going to happen across the day. 

Daily Adult Focussed Activities:

Children experience structured learning experiences in small groups, and during continuous provision as enhancements. These experiences are planned in response to the children's needs following observations from staff. The experiences often link to the interests children have, as a motivator for further investigation. There are also core experiences for all children that happen every day.

Continuous Provision:

Children have daily opportunities to play for extended periods of time. During this free-play, children can explore the environment and resources at their own pace, whilst staff skilfully extend their knowledge and challenge their thinking. There are parts of the provision that stay the same all year round, and there are 'enhancements' that are added at particular times as provocations for learning. 

Please refer to our Curriculum Policy for more information. 

First Hand Experiences Survey

During Covid-19, children have not had a lot of opportunities to get out and about and explore our World. They have only been on the planet a short time and have spent most of that in and out of lockdown. We want to try to bring some of the missed experiences to the children and we wondered if we could have your thoughts on the matter.