Goals for Our Children

We understand how important the first five years of a child’s life are and we are committed to providing a safe and motivating environment in which your child can develop and grow at their own pace.

Parents as Partners

Parents as Partners

At Dorset Hall Nursery we help our children achieve their full potential by working in partnership with parents and carers. We aim to foster a growing sense of confidence, curiosity, independence, and individuality.

We value the input that parents and carers provide at nursery during their child’s early years journey and seek their views through a variety of means including our Parent Committee, parent questionnaires, informal discussions and feedback sessions.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage, a framework set out by the Department of Education, which recognises the overall nature of development and learning of children from birth to 5 years old.

There is an emphasis on children learning through interaction with people and exploring the world around them. EYFS identifies the individuality, efforts and achievements of children and recognises that learning and development take place during each different activity, encouraging them to be lifelong learners and allowing them to develop to their full potential.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Being involved and concentrating

  • Maintaining focus on their activity for a period of time.
  • Showing high levels of energy, fascination.
  • Not easily distracted.
  • Paying attention to details

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

  • Showing satisfaction in meeting their own goals
  • Being proud of how they accomplished something-not just the end result
  • Enjoy meeting challenges for their own sake rather than for external reward or praise

Keeping on trying

  • Persisting when challenges occur
  • Showing belief that more effort or different approach will pay off
  • Bouncing back after difficulties

Finding out and exploring

  • Showing curiosity about objects, events and people
  • Using senses to explore the world around them.
  • Engaging in open ended activities.
  • Showing particular interests.
  • Pretending objects are things from their experience
  • Representing their experiences in play.
  • Taking on a role in their play.
  • Acting out experiences with other people
  • Initiating activities
  • Seeking challenge.
  • Showing a “can do” attitude.
  • Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences and learning by trial and error

Having their own ideas

  • Thinking of ideas
  • Finding ways to solve problems.
  • Finding new ways to do things.

Making Links

  • Making patterns in their experiences.
  • Making predictions.
  • Testing their ideas.
  • Developing ideas; grouping, sequencing, cause, and effect

Choosing ways to do things

  • Planning how to approach a task, solve a problem, reach a goal.
  • Checking how well activities are going.
  • Changing strategy as needed.
  • Reviewing how well the approach worked.
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