Learning At The Column Nursery 

The Early Years Foundation Stage reminds us that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.


At The Column Nursery we know children learn best through play, repetition, refining activities and through conversation with adults and other children.


Our framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.   

The EYFS uses the term Learning and Development to describe seven areas of learning.


These are all related to each other; however, they are divided into Prime and Specific Areas.  Children are expected to c


The Prime Areas are;

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feelings and behaviour


Physical Development

 Moving and handling

Health and self-care


Communication and Language

Listening and attention




The Specific areas are;







Shape, space and measure


Understanding the World

People and communities

The world



Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative

Our team provide a balance of adult-led and child-led activities that help children to think critically, play and explore and be active and creative learners. Each of our team members also pride themselves on:

  • Establishing what each child knows and can do when they first start and during their time at nursery and whether this is broadly in line with the expectations for their age
  • Using information from observation and assessment to plan personalised support for every child and ensure that children achieve as much as they can in relation to their starting points and capabilities, taking into consideration how often they attend the setting
  • Planning for individual children, taking into account their culture and background, including any children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, those learning English as an additional language and those who achieve beyond what is expected to ensure that you are offering an inclusive service and that each child receives an enjoyable and challenging experience across all areas of learning
  • Supporting each child in their learning and working with parents and carers as partners in each child’s progression.

When children leave us to move on to school they are independent, able to participate in a conversation, ask questions, can conform in a group situation, sit and listen, take turns and enjoy learning and are ready to begin the next stage of their educational journey. They are resilient, happy healthy children. And this is our main aim for them to be confident in their next stage in life.



Learning Outside 


As well as following key guidelines with learning and observations in regards to child development we also feel that being outdoors brings a wide variety of skills, knowledge and chance for exploration. We provide opportunities to learn about growing food such as peas, strawberries and tomatoes as well as flowers. The children plant vegetables, fruit and flowers each year and continue to provide care and water all year round.

We have mature trees and bushes, a grassed area, logs and tree stumps for open-ended play, a mud kitchen, spades, trowels, brushes, watering cans, magnifying glasses for close study of the flora and fauna, plenty of bikes and trikes, tents, bats, balls and hoops.  With this environment and equipment children are learning and developing their physical, social and language skills as well as negotiating, counting, caring, nurturing and many other things every day.  Friendships flourish too.


 Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly how to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.

Our outdoor activities run throughout the year, with all children going outside usually two or three times a day in all weathers (except for high winds).



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