Barons CourtPrimary School and Nursery

‘Caring, sharing, achieving. Respect and responsibility.’

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  • Barons Court Primary School
  • and Nursery,
  • Avenue Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,
  • Essex, SS0 7PJ
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Our Curriculum

All children attending the Nursery will be entitled to a tailored induction program to support them in gaining familiarity and confidence and to support their transition. This will include opportunities to initially tour the setting and meet the team, ‘stay and play’ for a session, receive a home visit and be introduced to a key person to support transition and an individually tailored induction programme.


Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development, however, is not an automatic process. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments. The Four Themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum underpin this guidance.

The four themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage are:


A Unique Child

Positive Relationships

Enabling Environments

Learning and Development

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationship


Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.



Early Years Foundation Stage


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the curriculum that the Government sets for all early years providers (0-5 years) to make sure that ‘all children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.’ (Department for Education) 


There are 17 early learning goals to be aimed for by the end of the Reception year in school.


The Framework is divided into 3 sections:


1.  Characteristics of Learning

2.  3 prime areas of learning

3.  4 specific areas of learning characteristics of learning


Characteristics of Learning

Playing and exploring -  This is crucial for learning.  It is by exploring and playing that children develop their thinking skills, their communication skills and their imagination.


Active Learning - Children need to be actively involved in the process of learning, so hands on learning is essential.  Children should have the opportunity to learn both indoors and outdoors.  The use of the outdoor environment is important to connect with nature, get the exercise they need, build their confidence and resilience and ultimately have fun.   When they are actively learning they are involved and concentrating, they persevere and enjoy achieving what they set out to do.


Creating and Thinking Critically - Children need to have the opportunity to develop their own ideas, make links and choose ways to do things.  Open ended opportunities will support children to develop their thinking skills.


Prime areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Making relationships and getting along with other children and adults is so important.  As is having confidence and self-awareness, and being able to manage their feelings and behaviour.


Communication and Language - Children need opportunities to develop and extend their vocabulary and to express themselves clearly as well as develop good listening and attention skills.


Physical Development - Opportunities need to develop large and small movements in a variety of ways, having good control and co-ordination, handling different tools and equipment well. It also covers health and self-care, looking at ways to keep healthy and safe.


Specific Areas

Literacy - stories, rhymes, books and reading as well as mark making/writing.

Mathematics - numbers, counting, shape, space and measure, sequencing, patterning and problem solving.

Understanding the World - people and communities, children understand about the world they live in, including ICT.

Expressive Arts and Design - develops different forms of expression, exploring music, dance and song, encouraging children to be creative in all respects. It also focuses on media and materials and imaginative/pretend play.


We plan and delver a broad and balanced curriculum that touches on all aspects across the year.


'Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.' Friedrich Froebel


Play is an important aspect of our provision.  It provides opportunities for children to develop speech and language abilities as well as practice listening skills. Play promotes social interaction and competence.  Imaginative play and role playing are particularly powerful kinds of play that help the brain develop in more functional and positive ways. As well as unstructured free play and structured play, we deliver adult led activities to develop specific skills.


Early Years Policy Document