Best Childcare Techniques

Education and the
Early Years Foundation Stage

At Pooh Corner it is our belief that nursery childcare should not just be about a place for your child to stay for the day, but should in fact be an environment that actively encourages them to develop and prepares them for their school years ahead.

In 2000, the government recognised new research which established that during the first 5 years of life, children are at their most receptive and learn more than at any other time in their childhood. It went on to suggest that children are more receptive to learning through play and when an element of fun is involved.

After reviewing the The Early Years Foundation Stage from 2008 – we now work towards the revised curriculum, which has returned to an emphasis on basics ‘play’.

Pooh Corner aims to follow The Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines so that all of our children, regardless of ability, can learn through themes and topics of interest. To achieve this, we have planned (in accordance with the curriculum established by OFSTED) a variety of activities using a blend of child initiated and adult directed play, all designed to allow the children to experience and learn through their play.

“We have been extremely impressed with the academic standard that Elysia has achieved, especially during her time at Pooh Corner, and feel that it has given her a great head start at school.”

Areas of Development

In essence, we believe that by careful nurturing and the optimum level of support from our highly trained and knowledgeable staff, your child’s future education will directly benefit from our Foundation Stage approach.

Prime Areas

Specific Areas

Daily sessions

We include a range of varied activities each and every day

Age: 3-4 years

Ribbon Play

Ribbon play to music helps to  strengthens muscles and develop hand eye coordination, which aids growth and writing skills 

Age: 3-4 years

Group Time

Learn about shapes, sounds and colours of the fortnight. Difficulty of tasks are tailored to t he age group and individual child.

Age: 1-2 years

Creative Play - Play dough

Promotes hand eye coordination, maths,  shapes and teaches how to follow instructions. Set to music, the Dough Disco is firm favorite!

Age: 3-5 years

Music Lessons & Classes

We regularly play with a range of musical instruments toys. It can be noisy but is so much fun!

Age: 2-3 years

Storytelling & Role Playing

Sometimes some calm time is a good thing and we often sit down to read stories together.

Age: 1-4 years

Art Lessons & Classes

Painting and drawing all sorts of pictures builds imagination and provides lovely memories to take home.

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