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Early Years provision at Mandeville promotes parental contribution and we work hard to build successful partnerships. Our children benefit enormously from the rich, shared experiences this collaboration brings. We aim to nurture and support wellbeing in the Early Years with parental links being a priority, working together to help create an outstanding Foundation stage.                                         

The children in our Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum framework. We offer our children the opportunity to learn through a wide range of rich, meaningful and multi-sensory practical experiences, in both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Children learn best through play based activities and first-hand experience. As a result, we have placed a large emphasis on our role play areas, creating the best possible environment for children to learn. In the Foundation Stage, we aim to give this by looking at what the children can do and supporting them to fulfil their potential, interests and needs. We aim for the children to become independent learners through a balanced provision of child initiated and adult led experiences. Through continual and careful observations and assessments of the children, we are able to plan meaningful, motivating and personalised learning which the children can enjoy and be challenged by.‚Äč

Within the Early Years Foundation Curriculum there are four key themes, which underpin seven areas of learning:

The Four Key Themes

A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and ndependent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.                                                


The Seven Areas of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language



Understanding of the World

Physical Development

Expressive Arts & Design


Your Child’s Development

In Nursery and Reception all children have their own ‘Learning Journey’ profile. This special book shows how your child is learning, interacting and developing in all 7 areas of learning. We will regularly look through this book with your child. This provides them with a starting point for talking about shared memories. The profile book will include photographs, observations and work by your child. 

Alongside the ‘Learning Journey’ book, the Foundation stage is using a program called Look@Me. The program is used to track the children’s progress electronically through pictures and observations, relating to the development matters goals, helping to create a personal representation of your child’s learning journey.


Admissions to Nursery & Reception