Children's Development and Learning

The provision for children's development and learning is guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 2012). This brings together Birth to Five Matters and the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage.  Our provision reflects the key themes and commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage.


A Unique Child

     Child Development: Skilful communicator, competent learner.

     Inclusive Practice: Equality and diversity, children’s entitlements, early support.

      Keeping Safe: Being safe and protected, discovering boundaries, making choices.

      Health and Well-being: Growth and developing, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Positive Relationships

     Respecting Each Other: Understanding feelings, friendship, professional relationships.

     Parents as Partners: Respecting diversity, communication, learning together.

     Supporting Learning: Positive interactions, listening to children, effective teaching.

     Key Person: Secure attachment, shared care, independence.

Enabling Environments

 Observation, Assessment and Planning: Starting with the child, planning, assessment.

     Supporting Every Child: Children’s needs, the learning journey, working together.

     The Learning Environment: The emotional environment, the outdoor environment, the indoor         environment.

     The Wider Context: Transitions and continuity, multi-agency working, the community.

Learning and Development

     Play and Exploration: Learning through experience, adult involvement, contexts for learning.

 Active Learning: Mental and physical involvement, decision making, personalised learning.

    Creativity and Physical Thinking: Making connections, transforming and understanding, sustained    shared thinking.

    Areas of Development and Learning.

How we provide for development and learning

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.

Our approach to learning and development and assessment

Learning through play

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think.

Our setting uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities information from the practice guidance to the Early Years Foundation Stage has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.


We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home and how they as parents are supporting development.We make periodic assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our ongoing development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.

Records of achievement

Twinkle Toes Nursery keeps a record of achievement for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children's records of achievement is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress. Your child's key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.