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Learning & Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is one of the main building blocks for children’s future success in life.                       Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language

  • Ensure a range of stories and rhymes and help children understand words by the use of actions.

  • Talk with and listen to children allowing them time to decide what they want to say

  • Encourage them to express their feelings, extend their vocabulary and support them to engage

    in symbolic play for example by providing dressing up and role play.

  • Recognise and support children’s home language by working in partnership with parents and

    invite them to contribute.

Physical Development

Children engage with their environment through physical interactions and movement, young children learn and explore through the use of all of their senses. They begin to make sense of themselves and their discoveries through experimenting and repeating movements. 

We provide children with opportunities to be active, to develop their fine and gross motor skills and co- ordination. Babies and children need opportunities to move around freely both indoors and out, include experiences of negotiating space which develops an awareness of what their body is capable of and spatial awareness. 

The aspect of Health and Self-care is part of physical development because children learn about how their bodies work by engaging in physical play.

Encourage children to learn about how to be healthy through the provision of healthy meals and snacks and access to fresh drinking water.


Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest, such as books, poems and other written materials.


Providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the World

Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.


Learn Through Play

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 

Miri's Nursery adheres to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which covers the Learning, Development and Welfare of children from birth to five, as set out by The Department for Education.

The Four Guiding Principles of the EYFS that shape our practice are:

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

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

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

  4.  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.

     For further information on our Curriculum please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you.


Please click here for : Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

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