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The EYFS framework has three prime areas:

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


There are four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

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


Characteristics of Effective Learning
The characteristics of effective learning run through and underpin all seven areas of learning and development, representing processes rather than outcomes. The Characteristics of effective learning are:

  • Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Active learning- motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically- thinking


Preparing for Nursery
Once your child is offered a place at nursery there will be opportunities for a variety of visits. You will initially be invited to attend a meeting where the nursery teacher will give you all the information you need to prepare you and your child for their new experiences. At this point, the teacher will also explain how the nursery day is set out to promote learning experiences both indoors and outdoors. At this meeting you will be given a book and asked to make an About Me book with your child over the weeks prior to start of their nursery experience. This book is really important and supports your child in their transition from home to nursery.


Following the initial Nursery welcome meeting, you will receive a letter detailing your child’s stay and play opportunities. All children will gradually build up the length of their time in Nursery over a 3 week period. This supports a smoothed transition from home to nursery and allows the children and nursery team develop positive relationships. It is important that the About Me book is left in Nursery to support your child settling in and the nursery team in knowing your child’s likes and dislikes, talents and needs.