our early years curriculum 

The EYFS was revised in September 2020 and was legally effective from 1st September 2021 for all providers of early years’ education and care.


The Government’s two key aims for the changes to the EYFS;

  • To improve outcomes at age five, particularly in early language and literacy
  • Reduce workload so that practitioners can spend more time interacting with children in their care.

Our Nursery & Pre-School considers the all-round development of your child. We provide opportunities which enable your child to; exercise options and express ideas, reflect on experience and information, share thoughts, make decisions, make discoveries and explore and engage in first hand experiences. Our curriculum is designed to be accessible for all children, regardless of any special educational need or disability.


Our allocation of time, space and equipment will provide opportunities for your child to develop to their potential, physically, linguistically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and morally. Through carefully planned activities we support and enhance your child's learning ensuring they have every opportunity to progress over time. We plan themes on an annual basis (long term plans) but these are not 'set in stone' and are fluid to address the ever growing and changing needs of all our children. We see it as more of a 'working document'!


Plans for the medium term (each term) are displayed in the Baby’s Days system and on the outdoor parent notice board.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based around four guiding principles that shape practice in our pre-school. They are reflected in our curriculum and its delivery. They are: -


A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through the development of caring, secure and positive relationships with parents/carers and the adults who are supporting them in school.


Enabling Environments

The internal and external environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning with adults teaching and supporting children with different interests and needs.


Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. The framework covers the education and care of all children in the early years, provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Foundation Stage Curriculum

The children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS).  We consider the needs, interests and development of each child to plan challenging, relevant and enjoyable experiences for each child in all areas of learning and development.


There are three prime areas and four specific areas of learning and development in the Foundation Stage Framework curriculum.


Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving. These are the: -


Prime Areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development.


In the Prime Areas, the children learn to:

  • Share, take turns and develop respect for each other.
  • Make friends and become confident independent learners.
  • Behave appropriately when playing with others.
  • Listen to others and understand spoken language to enable them to follow instructions correctly.
  • Learn new words rapidly, use them in conversations and develop their own narratives and explanations.
  • Join in and hold fun and meaning conversations with adults and children.
  • Be really inquisitive, ask loads of investigative type questions such as why, what & when.
  • Be confident and happy in themselves and their own abilities.
  • Develop control of their bodies using both large scale movements such as running and jumping and small scale movements such as holding pencils and using scissors.

The prime areas are then strengthened and applied in the specific areas.


Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.


In the Specific Areas, the children learn to: -

  • Enjoy sharing books and stories with adults and friends.
  • Begin to readsimple sentences using phonic knowledge to decode regularwords.
  • Draw,makemarks, write letters, words and simple sentences.
  • Count accurately groups of objects and recognise numerals.
  • Add, subtract and problem solve during practical activities.
  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity,distance,time, money and shape.
  • Look closely at how things work, why things happen, living things and the natural world.
  • Be imaginative, singsongs, dance and create models, drawings, paintings and stories.

The children’s learning is further enhanced by the use of our Messy Mud Kitchen, both gardens, dedicated waterplay area, regular outings & trips and outdoor sheltered classroom.


For details of the Foundation Stage Curriculum please see the Statutory Framework for Early Years below.


Parents' Guide to EYFS

Adobe Acrobat document [740.8 KB]


Development Matters is non-statutory guidance for the EYFS

Development Matters - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Birth to 5 Matters is non-statutory guidance for the EYFS



'What to expect, when?’ is an easy to use guide for parents on their child’s learning and development in the EYFS

Adobe Acrobat document [2.7 MB]

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Discovery Nursery/Pre-School Canvey Is

27 Vikings Way

Canvey Island



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