• From when your child is born their early years experiences are preparing them for their future successes. To be able to learn and develop children’s experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure. At Hippitots we want all of our children to leave us as confident, resilient, skillful individuals who demonstrate independence and empathy, who value themselves and others in the world, who are kind and compassionate and who want to make a contribution. 


    Our curriculum follows children’s interests and development as well as being supplemented with adult led activities as they progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage.


    What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

    The EYFS sets the standards and foundation for helping your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for future learning and successes. It covers children’s development and learning from birth to 5 years and is designed to deliver improved outcomes for all children, across the seven areas of learning and development.


    The EYFS sets out:

    • The seven areas of learning and development.
    • Assessments that tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS.
    • The expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of their reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals”.
    • The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements that all early years settings must adhere to, to keep your child safe and promote their welfare.


    Curriculum and Learning
    Staff, in partnership with parents and carers, support each child individually to help them make progress at their own pace through their learning journey and to fulfil their potential. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the seven areas of learning and development.


    Within the EYFS there are three prime areas crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive: they are:

    • Communication and language
    • Physical development
    • Personal, social and emotional development

    As children grow, the prime areas help them to develop in the four specific areas; theses are:

    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the world
    • Expressive arts and design


    The seven areas are used to assess your child’s learning and development which is planned to your child’s unique needs. Where children need extra support to fulfil their potential our staff will make special consideration when planning the child’s learning.


    Planning for learning

    The quality of teaching focuses on intent, implementation and impact with daily activities follow the children’s interests, often taking the form of ‘in the moment’ planning. Staff support and supplement these activities with a clear intention to extend and widen the children’s knowledge and capabilities.


    Through the implementation of our curriculum, we encourage all areas of learning and growth in both self-esteem and social skills.


    We assess progress and impact to plan activities to support each child on to their next step of development. In doing this, we plan to give each child the best of start in life.     


    Activities and routines take place both in and out of doors as well as in our wider community. All of the time your child is with us is viewed as a teachable moment, be it singing, running around in our garden, eating or having a nappy change.


    Your child will engage in a variety of activities which include (but are not limited to!) painting, drawing, music and movement, role play, cooking, crafts, water/sand play, construction toys, singing, games, and sensory play. A quiet corner where books are available is always on offer, as well as activities to help the development of reading and writing skills.

    What is your role in your child’s learning

    We pride ourselves in our excellent partnerships with parents and carers and this is a vital part of a child’s learning and development. We know you will love to see and hear about what your child has been doing during their time at nursery and we enjoy sharing this via lots of different ways such as verbal daily communication, “Ask me about …” stickers, our Facebook page, children’s All about me learning journal, family day meetings with your child’s key person, and two year old integrated review.

    What is the two year old integrated review?
    After your child has turned 2 we will review their progress against the 3 prime areas of learning and provide you with a written summary. This progress check at age 2 will highlight where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support. We will also share relevant information with your health visitor and any other professionals involved in your child’s care at that time. For your convenience, the health visitor’s check can be carried out in the nursery and your child’s nursery progress report can be shared with them at this time. Your child’s key person will work closely with you and other family members to share ideas and offer support about your child’s ongoing development.



    Ofsted says: “Teaching is outstanding because the staff have an excellent understanding of how children learn through play and exploration.”