Learning starts at birth and continues throughout life:

Learning starts at birth and continues throughout life:

 “Any subject can be taught to any child at almost any age in some form which is true and useful… [Brunner 1977]. For young children learning [and life] is not compartmentalised into subject areas, everything is linked.

Research highlights the importance of the early years of life. A high percentage of children’s learning takes place during these years. This is the time when attitudes are shaped, first relationships formed, concepts developed and the foundations for later learning made [Evangelou et al 2009].

Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

Our approach uses cross-curricular themes with the teachers and early years’ educators being aware of the areas of learning and related subjects that offers a wealth of experiences which encourages children to be enthused about their own learning. Using this knowledge, we extend the child’s learning and ensure that each child has access to a rich range of opportunities for learning and development.

To find out more about our approach to learning in the Early Years please read our policy, Early Years Curriculum: Our Approach to Learning, Development and Teaching


Prime Areas of Learning Specific Areas of Learning
Communication and Language Literacy
Physical Development Mathematics
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design


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