Care and Development

From September 2012 ‘Development Matters / Statutory Framework’, in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) brings together Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage (2000), the Birth to Three Matters (2002) framework and the National Standards for Under 8s Daycare and Childminding (2003), building a coherent and flexible approach to care and learning. All providers are required to use the EYFS to ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.

Children, Families and Child Development

The EYFS is based on principles of inclusion which means that early years providers oppose discrimination and prejudice and welcome all families and children. They provide care and education for a wide range of children in environments that enable children to feel safe and supported and which extend their learning and development.

Throughout the EYFS stress is placed upon understanding each child and their family as unique, with different needs and concerns. Children’s development is presented under seven overlapping phases; 3 Prime Areas which are Personal, Social & Emotional development, Communication & Language development and Physical Development.  And 4Specific Areas which are Literacy Development, Mathematic Development, Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding the World. This overlap is intended to emphasise the fact that there can be big differences between the development of children of similar ages. At the same time age can be a cue, when taken with all other factors, to indicate that development may be atypical and that a child may need extra support.

The EYFS guiding principles shaping our practice are to recognise that every child is unique, who is constantly learning and can be resilient , capable , confident and self assured. Children learn to be independent through positive relationships. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong parrtnership between practioners and parents / carers. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in Early Years Provision, including children with SEN Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.


Listed below are the Policies we are most frequently asked about, for further information Prospectus and Policies are available on request.

Behaviour Management Policy

Biting Policy

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Partnership with Parents & Carers Policy

Safeguarding Children Policy

Camera, Mobile Telephone & Social Networking Policy

Transition & Settling In Procedure

Evacuation Procedure