'Play is to children as sunlight is to flowers'

Play is a child's work and all learning takes place through the medium of play. A variety of play activities will be available each day, carefully planned to cater for the individual learning needs of each child across the three Prime, and four Specific Areas of Learning, as identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum laid down by OFSTED.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area includes such things as:

  • Making relationships
  • Developing self confidence and self awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Encouraging independence
  • Sharing and turn taking
  • Respect for other people and their property
  • Presenting positive images of diversity


Communication and Language

  • Speaking and listening activities, including imaginative and dramatic role play
  • Encouraging every child to develop good communication skills and understanding, through effective speech and attentive listening


Physical Development

  • Outdoor and indoor activities to develop confidence in movement, balance, and coordination, and to encourage an active lifestyle
  • Health and self care skills - putting on coats and changing shoes, using the toilet, learning about good hygiene and healthy eating



  • Sharing and responding to stories, nursery rhymes and poems
  • Pre-reading activities including sharing a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, and talking about letters and sounds
  • Pre-writing activities including practising emergent writing skills in role play and other situations



  • Number rhymes, games and activities
  • Learning about shape, space and measures
  • Discovering and making patterns
  • Early sorting, matching, counting and logic activities


Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The World
  • Technology


Expressive Arts and Design

  • Painting and drawing
  • Music making and appreciation
  • Dance and Drama

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Eastwood House,
15 Needingworth Road,
St Ives,
Cambs PE27 5JP 
01480 380081