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Hartcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Our curriculum

We base our curriculum on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which helps early years providers support children’s learning and development from birth to five years old.

We use it to support your child through planned, challenging, enjoyable and playful experiences. The EYFS sets out what all Early Years providers must do to make sure that your child learns and develops. It promotes teaching and learning to make sure that all children have the skills to get them ready to progress through school and future life.

The revised EYFS has seven areas of learning:

Three prime areas:

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

These three areas are our main focus in our Under 3s rooms (caterpillars and Owls) as these skills are fundamental for our children and the starting point for all other areas of learning.

Four Specific Areas

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


Threaded through all the areas of learning, children will be using the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

These characteristics will underpin your child’s learning and development and will help your child to remain an effective and motivated life-long learner.


We will let you know about your child’s learning in Nursery through their electronic journal, Tapestry.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

By creating a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them children are able to develop confidence in themselves and their ability to do things. It is important that they value their own achievements. In a safe and fun environment children will develop an awareness of others and learn to play with their peers. In turn children will make friendships and form good relationships with the adults they are working with

Examples of activities we do in school and that you could try at home:

  • Turn taking games
  • Trips out in the community
  • Talking about how children are feeling
  • Talking about their likes and dislikes

Communication and Language

Our main aim in this area is to develop the children’s communication skills: through the use of signs, symbols, communication aids and words. We also work on improving children’s concentration and listening skills.

Examples of activities we do in school that you could try at home:

  • Listening to and commenting on what your child has to say
  • Signing and symbols (please ask and we can provide)
  • Singing and interactive rhymes.
  • Simple conversations about everyday things which interest your child
  • Talking about and enjoying favourite books.

Physical Development

Your child will have the opportunity to develop all the important early physical skills that will enable them to become more independent. Through exploration, play, and all things fun children will improve their skills of coordination, control, and movement. They will be supported to use all their senses to connect to their environment.

We will work on personal skills such as feeding and personal hygiene enabling further independence.

Examples of activities we do in school and that you could try at home:

  • Care skills- brushing hair and teeth
  • Dressing, washing and feeding dolls or puppets dolls
  • Helping to make dinner and snacks
  • Toilet or potty training with your child when appropriate