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Approach at Orchard Lea Nursery

Our Approach

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and Practice Guidance which combines Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, The Birth to Three Matters Framework and the National Daycare Standards.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) for children aged from birth to 5 years, which was updated in September 2014 focuses on seven areas:

3 Prime Areas:

Communication & Language,

Physical Development,

Personal, Social & Emotional. 

4 Specific Areas:



Understanding of the World,

Expressive Arts and Design.

Our approach is to promote all-round development, intellectual, physical, emotional and social, in a safe and nurturing environment filled with exciting activities and friendly staff. Each child has a designated key person. Our unique programme for your child is based on their particular stage of development with careful observations, assessments and reviews. Having a curriculum from birth provides us with the guidance to extend a child’s learning through fun and creative play that is tailored to meet their individual needs, interests and experiences.

Our Aims

We have the following aims: 

•    To provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that welcomes and supports all children and their families in our community.

•    To promote social and intellectual development of every child in our care through the provision of broad and balanced Nursery curriculum that has the flexibility to use planned and spontaneous activities.

•    To provide opportunities which match or can be differeniated to enable children to gain confidence in their own abilities and to become independent and motivated learners.

    To value and support staff and students ensuring that individual skills and knowledge is appropriate and valid whilst giving each the opportunity to develop their lifelong learning.

•     To establish and maintain close links between our families, Nursery and the community, including the local Children's centre.  To work in partnership with Parents/Carers/Families, outside agencies, specialist services and government bodies.


Individual “Learning Diaries” (purple books) are used for all our children. The key person organises this detailed record of a child’s learning including observations made at Nursery with photographs, pictures, mark making and their creations. We hope that you will take your purple books home to share and add to them. These two-way communication tools help us to get a fuller understanding of their interests and needs and we hope that you enjoy contributing to them. The Under two’s  also have Homelink books which are completed each day on child’s routine such as sleeps, feeding and nappy changes. Between the ages of 2 and 3 we will complete a 2 Year progress check which you can share with your Health Visitor.

Parents/carers and professionals can arrange informal discussions or more formal meetings to discuss the needs of the children and families we support. We do not hold formal parent evenings but prefer to have a more adaptable approach by offering informal meetings, as and when and if needed, with parents/carers at mutually convenient times. We arrange home visits as part of the induction and settling in sessions and also when there has been a change to family circumstances which may have an affect on a child's wellbeing.

If a concern about a child's development, wellbeing or participation is identified by staff, family or other professional we follow a staged approach which is detailed in our Special Educational Needs and Disability policy (available on request). Regular reviews are held with families and professionals for children with additional needs to ensure that plans are in place and targets are updated and matched to suit and meet the individual child's learning, development and needs.