Children learn through everything they do: their play, their communications with other children and adults, their interactions with the environment, routines, experiences, their feelings and the feelings of others and the culture around them.

All these things together form our curriculum.

We also use the national guidance in the statutory framework 'Early Years Foundation Stage' to plan our curriculum. For more information on the EYFS please visit the following website:

In the resources section you can download the document. There is also a parents section on this website with some useful information about how you can support your child's development.


One of the most important things we try to develop with the children is the development of, 'Effective Characteristics of Learning'.


These are identified in the EYFS and are:

  • Playing and Exploring
  • Active Learning
  • Creating and Thinking Critically


These characteristics are vital to develop as being a good learner is a skill that they will use throughout their lives and supports them to be ready for more formal schooling as they get older.The children’s session at nursery is made up of a balance of adult led ‘group times’ and child initiated learning in our continuous provision.

These are areas of the classroom that are resourced with a range of equipment to stimulate children’s curiosity and learning. The adults support the children in these areas, extending their learning by modelling skills and asking open ended questions to encourage the children to think and problem solve.

The areas are enhanced regularly with different resources to maintain interest and support the development of new skills and knowledge.

We use natural materials and resources wherever possible so that children have first-hand experiences of ‘real’ objects. Some children learn better outside and so our outdoor area is available for most of the session and is well resourced to reflect the inside provision but on a bigger scale.

We want children to be able to make choices and be independent in leading their own learning developing their own challenges and goals. Running throughout all the learning is a focus on working with others, discussing and negotiating ideas and working together to achieve something. Key to this is communication which is our other main focus for learning.

Please look at the ‘Indoor’ and ‘Outdoor’ tabs to see some photographs of the children playing and learning here at Parkview.

There are 7 Areas of Learning and Development

3 prime areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This is about

  • developing their own self esteem and awareness of their own feelings
  • becoming independent and making their own choices
  • being responsible for themselves and their actions
  • building relationships with others and understanding their feelings
  • understanding expected behaviour and what is 'right and wrong'


Communication and Language

This is about

  • communicating with others through talking or other means
  • talking to others about their experiences and ideas
  • following instructions and answering questions
  • learning to listen to others and respond to sounds

We have recently taken part in a government project Every Child a Talker, Miss Gribbin led on this, attending training and leading developments within Nursery. We concentrated on 'Communication Friendly Environments' and developing story telling and rhymes.

Physical Development

This is about

  • developing their physical skills of movement and control
  • developing their hand control and use of tools
  • beginning to understand about how to be healthy
  • learning and practising new skills with a range of equipment and materials



Then there are 4 specific areas:


This is about

  • understanding numbers and learning to count
  • exploring and comparing shape, space, quantity and measure
  • exploring pattern and relationships
  • solving problems of quantity, shape, space etc



This is about

  • enjoying books by listening to stories and sharing books with others
  • making their own marks on paper and seeing themselves as a writer
  • becoming aware of rhyme and letter sounds
  • writing their own name and other words


Understanding the World

This is learning about the wider world around them - animals, plants, the physical environment, their local community, the past and ICT

  • being curious and asking questions
  • observing and noticing differences and change
  • exploring differnet materials and how they can change them
  • using ICT in lots of different ways
  • exploring and experimenting
  • working with their friends to find things out


Expressive Arts and Design

This is about

  • representing and communicating their ideas and feelings in a variety of ways e.g. music, dance, language, role play and imaginative play with small world resources
  • expressing themselves through, paint, clay, drawing and other materials in both 2D and 3D
  • exploring a wide range of media, methods and musical instruments
  • using their imagination



Our Vision:

Our Vision at Parkview is to encourage every individual to

  • walk their own path
  • build their own bridge
  • climb their own mountain

in order to fulfil their potential in life and learning


As a Local Authority Maintained Nursery School we offer:

  • 3 year old funded places (15 hours a week)
  • 3 year old funded places for working parents (up to 30 hours a week)
  • Flexible sessions which can be used over a full day if wished
  • Parents can pay for additional sessions if wished
  • Hot lunches
  • Resourced Provision for children with Special Educational Needs


We work closely with Stepping Stones Nursery next door who can provide wrap around and holiday provision for children attending Parkview Nursery.