Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning & development.

​Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

• Communication and language

• Physical development

• Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

• Literacy

• Mathematics

• Understanding the world

• Expressive arts and design

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.  Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


For further information, please see the parent's guide to the                  . 


The Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals


The setting provides a wide variety of resources, planned to encourage all children to access a balanced curriculum both indoors and outdoors. 

We believe children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have a positive relationship with the adults caring for them.


Therefore, we have adopted the four principles of the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS).


The EYFS is about adopting a principled approach to ensure the best for each individual family and we at Chevening School Nursery have embraced this approach.  These principles are divided into four themes:-


  • The Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.  At Chevening School Nursery we commit to focus on inclusion for all, safety, health and well-being.


  • Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents/carers and a Keyperson.  As a setting we commit to working in partnership with parents/carers to support learning and promote/ develop the role of the Keyperson. 


  • Enabling Environment – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development and learning.  We focus on observation, assessment and planning for the individual child and the learning environment and work closely with multi-agencies to ensure continuity and ease transition into school.


  • Learning and Development – children develop and learn at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.


Some of the activities enjoyed:  Dance, music and gym in the school hall, playing in the field, cooking, gardening, library, dentist and farm trips, walks, feeding the ducks, water play, painting, treasure hunts and forest school activities.