Education and the Early Years Foundation Stage

At Pooh Corner it is our belief that nursery childcare should not just be about a place for your child to stay for the day, but should in fact be an environment that actively encourages them to develop and prepares them for their school years ahead.

In 2000, the government recognised new research which established that during the first 5 years of life, children are at their most receptive and learn more than at any other time in their childhood. It went on to suggest that children are more receptive to learning through play and when an element of fun is involved.

After reviewing the The Early Years Foundation Stage from 2008 – we now work towards the revised curriculum, which has returned to an emphasis on basics ‘play’.

Pooh Corner aims to follow The Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines so that all of our children, regardless of ability, can learn through themes and topics of interest. To achieve this, we have planned (in accordance with the curriculum established by OFSTED) a variety of activities using a blend of child initiated and adult directed play, all designed to allow the children to experience and learn through their play.

Areas of Development

Prime Areas:
   1. Communication and language
   2. Physical development
   3. Personal, social, emotional development

Specific Areas:
   4. Mathematics
   5. Understanding of the world
   6. Literacy
   7. Expressive art and design

In essence, we believe that by careful nurturing and the optimum level of support from our highly trained and knowledgeable staff, your child's future education will directly benefit from our Foundation Stage approach.

"We have been extremely impressed with the academic standard that Elysia has achieved, especially during
her time in Owls, and feel that it has given her a great head start at school."

Mrs Helen Thomas