Growing & Learning

Here at Clarecroft Day Nursery we follow the Development Matters Framework from babies through to Pre-School. The Government sets out curriculum guidance for planning the children’s learning and is based on 7 areas of learning which are outlined below. However, it is important to recognise that every child is a unique child and will therefore and learn in different ways and at different rates. We recognise that children learn to be strong and independent through building positive relationships. Children learn and develop in enabling environments. To further facilitate children’s learning, we like to work with parents as partners to establish their child’s individual learning needs.

Communication and Language

We ensure that all children learn to become competent in communicating, speaking and listening. We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment. They are given opportunities to use their skills in a wide range of situations and purposes.

Physical Development

We commit to providing children with a variety of opportunities to develop healthy and active bodies. Our work will focus on the development of gross and fine motor control so that each child can grow in independence, can explore and make the most of the opportunities, experiences and environments provided for them, as well as developing the abilities to cope with the physical demands of everyday life.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

We commit to developing authentic relationships and meaningful connections with every child. These relationships will help each child- to feel safe, to have a voice and to know that they matter, to understand that who they are is important and that they are capable of great things. We encourage respect for others, social skills and a positive disposition to learn.


We commit to providing children with literacy-rich environments that foster a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge. Through genuine conversations, modelling and a carefully planned approach to the introduction of books, text and print, children will develop an understanding of the importance of reading and writing in everyday life.


We commit to providing opportunities, experiences and environments that contextualise mathematics. Through real-life experiences, we will help children to start to understand the important role that maths plays in our day-to-day activities.

Understanding the World

We commit to helping children to understand more about the world in which they live. This starts close to home by introducing children to our local community and its amenities, and then extends much wider to provide children with an understanding of nature, animals, and individual differences.

Expressive Arts & Design

We commit to creating environments that promote discovery and exploration through a variety of mediums. Through play and active learning in exciting and carefully constructed environments, each child will have the opportunity to make meaningful connections, develop skills and develop a deeper level of understanding about the world by interacting with resources, people, opportunities and experiences.