Carousel Day Nurseries work under the umbrella of the national Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is guided by four themes:

A Unique ChildPositive RelationshipsEnabling EnvironmentsChildren learn and develop in different ways & at different rates
Every child is a unique, competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident & self-assured Children learn to be strong & independent from a base of loving & secure relationships with parents and/or a key person The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s learning and development The EYFS framework covers the education & care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs & disabilities

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The EYFS curriculum is based around seven areas of learning and development.

For our two-year olds, we concentrate on three Prime Areas - Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional Development and Physical Development. The Prime Areas develop through effective relationships and experiences and remain fundamental throughout the EYFS.

The four Specific Areas of learning grow from the Prime Areas and provide important contexts for extending skills and knowledge - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design. At Carousel Nursery we use regular observations of children as they play, learn and socialise, to identify their current interests along with developmental ‹next steps›. These observations inform the children’s individual planning and help us to track their progress or identify specific needs. Planning is displayed around the nursery, keeping parents informed and providing home learning ideas.

Pre-School’s Book of the month

Pre-School’s Book of the month Pre-School’s Book of the month

Reports and Reviews

Approximately twelve weeks after entering the nursery, a settling summary and 2 year report will be completed, detailing how a child has settled. This will be sent home for parents to add any comments.

At 12 weeks a progress report is completed with IDP for all 7 areas. These reports are given to all parents to read and add any comments. These are then added to every 12 weeks and a new IDP is set for the next 12 weeks. When a child leaves the nursery, a Transition summary will be written and this, together with their on-going progress reports can be shared with their new setting. A copy will be given to the parents. Between the ages of 24 and 36 months, a Two-year Progress Report is compiled. This is a statutory requirement of the EYFS and confirms a child’s readiness to engage with all seven areas of learning and development.