Our curriculum is geared to children's individual needs, allowing them to develop at their own pace. We follow the nationally approved curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is based on the seven areas of learning as listed below.  This is designed to help children progress towards achieving the early learning goals by the time they reach the end of their Reception year in school.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

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

Planning, based on the EYFS, is displayed in the nursery for parents to see.  Experience shows that the topics and themes we select, interest and inspire young children.  The plans may be tailored on a daily basis to suit the children's individual requirements and interests.  We work in partnership with our families, to bring their child's learning from home into nursery and our families will see their child's learning grow, as they develop across all the areas of learning, whilst with us at nursery.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The Barn NuseryWithin a caring environment, children are encouraged to gain independence in a gradual way, developing their confidence and self esteem.  As part of a group, with other children and adults, they learn to share and to respect one another. The children learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings.

Communication and Language

The Barn Nusery It is through language that children learn about and make sense of the world around them.  We offer the children many opportunities to speak and to listen, including “Show and Tell" and “Circle Time” when each child learns to share his or her own experiences and listen to others, when they speak. Throughout the morning, the children express themselves through role play and learn vocabulary through music, songs and rhymes. Through our extensive range of activities, the children work together to communicate ideas, asking questions and playing games.

Physical Development

padding-top: 8px;The size of our premises, both externally and internally, enables children to explore a wide range of physical opportunities. These include climbing, balancing, building and musical movement. With adult supervision, the children safely meet these physical challenges. Our outside area has a huge sandpit and a large artificial grassed area. To extend the children’s physical development, we have a weekly sport workshop and yoga session. Children are supported in the development of fine motor skills including threading, cooking, painting, mark making and the use of scissors; they are also encouraged to handle small objects with increasing control and precision. The children are taught how to care for themselves, with a strong emphasis placed on health, hygiene and the need for safety.


padding-top: 8px;Through practical activities, the children learn the concept of number, shape, size, position, volume and sequencing. Each child is encouraged to learn at their own pace and ability.  As their understanding and reasoning skills develop, they learn to solve practical problems and use simple mathematical calculations.  Children are encouraged to use the vocabulary of mathematics.  Songs, rhymes and games reinforce that language.


padding-top: 8px;A wide selection of books is always available for the children. We have two book cases in quiet areas for the children to select, as they require. Specific times are also planned for the children to look at books and listen to a story. If required, a member of staff will always read to a child during the session. We have audio equipment for the children to listen to a story and look at the corresponding book. The children learn that print carries meaning. We have a mark making area, where children are encouraged to select all different types of mark making equipment and paper for writing and drawing.

Understanding the World

padding-top: 8px;The nursery environment gives the children the opportunity to explore, finding things out for themselves. The children enjoy selecting resources and creating their own designs.  Playing and experimenting with different materials - such as sand, water, clay and dough - encourages their natural curiosity. They plant and watch things grow, experiencing the wonders of the natural world. We supply ICT equipment to support and promote the children’s technical skills including; programmable toys, digital cameras and audio equipment. Through themes, "Talk Time", workshops (including a visiting farm) and the celebration of festivals, they learn about themselves, their environment, the world and other cultures.

Expressive Arts and Design

padding-top: 8px;A wide range of painting, drawing and modelling materials help to develop the children's imagination and their creative skills. The use of these materials enables the children to produce something original and individual. The children express ideas and communicate their feelings through role play, music, dance and drama.

At the nursery, the children learn songs and action rhymes and play a variety of percussion instruments. They develop their sense of rhythm and musical expression.