The Early Years Foundation Stage encouraging learning in the following key areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Children develop independence and confidence as they play alone and in small and large groups with appropriate adult support, building special friendships with other children. They also learn to co-operate, take turns and share as part of a larger group, to accept rules and move towards self-discipline.

Communication Language

In the company of responsive adults, children learn to listen and communicate by means of language, and to understand from experience that words and pictures carry meaning. They also learn to communicate with others freely and express their needs and feelings appropriately. Children learn to follow instructions through games and activities such as Listening Lola.

We use the following the document to help support children with their reading and writing. [read doc]

Physical development

Carefully chosen equipment gives children the opportunity not only to develop physical skills and spatial awareness, but also to use small tools such as pens and brushes with increasing control. Children begin to understand the importance of healthy eating and exercise to ensure good health. In-dependency is learnt through self help skills such as basic hygiene washing hands and toileting.


Children learning to recognize the writing in the written form through stories, labels, posters and name pegs. A large variety of mark making opportunities are provide to help develop writing skills which in time lead to writing their own names and more.


Children match, sort and measure in the course of their activities, becoming familiar with concepts of size, weight, quantity and sequence, and learning with adult help to use the vocabulary of mathematics. Children learn to count from 1 to 20 through various fun activities, circle times and cooking.

Understanding the world

Rydal Day Nursery Child in a Box Experiments with a range of substances enable children to begin to identify the properties of materials and to classify, describe and predict. They use technology, where appropriate, to support their learning. They are given opportunities to recognise that many everyday devices respond to signals and commands. A variety of topics encourage children to discuss their environment, families, past and present, objects and events in the natural and made world, to compare differences, similarities, patterns and change, they are encouraged to explore and select materials and equipment for a variety of purposes.

Adults encourage the children to discuss their discoveries and to ask questions about the world around them providing them with plenty of opportunities to have first hand experience of different cultures and beliefs through food tasting, dressing up, celebrating festivals and listening to stories or songs read by parents in a variety of languages.

Expressive arts and design

Access to a wide range of natural, manufactured and crafted materials allows children to begin to represent their feelings and experiences. Stories, movement and music also provide opportunities for them to explore and express their own feelings. We provide the children with time to explore their ideas and support them with developing them. Children can experiment with materials, colours, designs and textures. In addition to these important learning experiences, Rydal Day Nursery offers children the chance to have fun with other children and develop friendly relationships with adults outside their own family.

We aim to bring learning to life by providing children with experiences through visits within our local community and visitors to the nursery.

Rydal Day Nursery children playing parachute games in garden

Inspire, Aspire, Become

Ofsted Outstanding 2015