Growing & Learning

Here at Clarecroft Day Nursery we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework from babies through to Pre-School. The Government sets out curriculum guidance which is the statutory framework 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.

Prime Areas of Learning:

Communication and Language

Giving the children opportunities to speak, listen and communicate in different situations and for different purposes. Providing a range of books to share and enjoy. The children are also encouraged to develop writing and mark making skills through lots of practical experiences.

Physical Development

This area of learning will help to improve children’s co-ordination, control, manipulation and movements. Children will gain confidence in what they can do enabling them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Children will be helped and encouraged to develop a positive attitude and sense of well being. This includes forming relationships with other children and adults, knowing what their own needs are and telling the difference between right and wrong and being independent.

Specific Areas of Learning:


Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and begin to recognise letters and shapes through mark making and plenty of other practical experiences. Children also have access to wide range of written materials to ignite their interest.


Children will develop an understanding of numeracy through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. They will be given the opportunity to discover ways of solving practical problems, making connections and recognising relationships and patterns. Activities will be available for the children to use and understand the meaning of heavier than or bigger and use language to compare weight, size and shape.

Understanding the World

Children will be encouraged to explore and find out about the world around them and ask questions about it. They will be given the opportunity to build with different materials and learn about everyday technology and what it is used for. The opportunity will be given for the children to find to about past events in their lives, their families lives and other cultures and beliefs. They will have opportunities to explore indoors and outdoors, make predictions, investigate and find out how and why things change.

Expressive Arts & Design

This area of leaning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. Children will be encouraged to respond in their individual ways and express their own ideas through a wide range of experiences.