Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Early Years

Children in Nursery and Reception have a play-based curriculum.

Play for children, is not just recreation – it’s their whole approach to life and their absolute right. It is essential for their well-being growth and development and is the way in which they learn.

Play and learning opportunities are carefully considered for each child and based on the guidance from the EYFS. 

During their time in Nursery children are supported to lay down the firm foundations for lifelong learning – resilience, perseverance, cooperation, collaboration, paying attention, clear speech etc. Hand in hand with these important behaviours or attitudes for learning more specific skills and knowledge are taught through the interests of the children. Partnership with you, the parents and carers, is essential in order for children to meet their full potential.

There are seven areas of learning and development. These are divided into two areas: Prime and Specific. Click on each area to download a simple summary of what is expected of your child in this area by the end of their Reception Year.

Prime Areas

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

Specific Areas

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

If you would like to find out more about the Foundation Years curriculum please click on the link for the EYFS Parents Guide:



Here at Bank Leaze we monitor the children's progress throughout their time to prepare them for Reception class, we use an online journal called "Tapestry" where our staff share children's learning with you.