Our Curriculum

  • Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Our curriculum which is overseen by our Early Years Development Manager draws the best from many and not only one, Early Years doctrine, combining the elements that have stood the test of time and provide a sound learning scaffolding on which your child’s school career can be built.  We seamlessly integrate care and learning, paying attention to the all-round well-being of your child.

    As your child progresses through nursery, we will ensure that they are challenged and fulfilled. We provide tailor made packages to help them settle in, prepare them for assessments and moving on to school.

    The revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) introduced into all nursery settings, does not require us to work differently from the way we always have; the way that has guaranteed future success for our graduates. We share its principles, which are already embedded in our practice.  We take time to stay up to date with research and developments in the early years, adopting a continuous review-evaluation-development cycle for continuously improving our programme.

    The principles of the revised EYFS which guide the work of all Early Years practitioners are grouped into four themes. Seven areas of learning and development share our curriculum all these areas of learning are important and inert-connected.

  • Communication and Language

    At First Place children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening, is supported and extended.  We provide opportunity and encouragement for the children to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes, and we support the children in developing the confidence and disposition to do so.

    Physical Development

    At First Place the physical development of babies and young children is encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement.  We support the children to use all of their senses to learn about the world around them and to make convection between new information and what they already know.  We help them to develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

    Personal, Social and Emotional Development

    At First Place children are provided with experiences and support which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn.  We support the children’s emotional well-being helping them to know themselves and what they can do.

    Understanding of the World

    We support the children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world.  Their learning is supported by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations.  They undertake practical ‘experiments’; and work with a range of materials.


    At First Place we support the children to develop their understanding of mathematics in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn and practise and talk about their understanding.  We provide the children with opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use.


    At First Place children’s literacy skills are developed by being read to regularly, exploring books independently and by being supported and extended when children are beginning to read and write.  We provide opportunity and encouragement for the children to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes, and we support the children in developing the confidence and disposition to do so.

    Expressive Art and Design

    At First Place a child’s creativity is extended by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play.  We provide opportunities to explore, share thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities and design and technology.  Through continuous improvement our carefully structured and well-balance curriculum has delivered the best outcomes for a successful start at school.