Learning Through Play Everyday at York Gardens Nursery..

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Early Learning with the Play People

At York Gardens we provide a high quality learning environment that supports all children attending the nursery to attain their maximum potential within their individual capabilities. Learning journeys and a personalised record of each child's development is maintained, showing their abilities, progress, interests and areas needing further staff or parental assistance. We acknowledge that children learn in different ways and at different rates and plan for this accordingly based on accurate assessments supported by our knowledge and understanding of the Development Matters framework.


We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and curriculum set by the Department for Education to support and enhance children’s learning and development holistically through play-based activities. We view all aspects of learning and development equally and ensure a flexible approach is maintained, which responds quickly to children’s learning and developmental needs. We develop tailor-made activities based on observations which inform future planning and draw on children’s needs and interests. This is promoted through a balance of adult-led and child-initiated opportunities both indoors and outdoors.


All children have a key worker who are very aware of the importance of a positive rich play environment for the child and have an appreciation of all aspects of the multi-cultural society we are living in. The learning experience is designed to ensure, as far as practical, equality of opportunity between all children and that it celebrates diversity. More information on inclusion is stated in the Equal Opportunities Policy.


We acknowledge parents as the primary educators, so therefore a valuable source of information. For that reason we encourage parental involvement from the onset as outlined in our Parents and Carers Partners policy. Part of this involvement will be the requirement to assist in the completion of the 2 year old progress check. Building strong home links in order to enhance and extend children’s learning both within the nursery environment and in the child’s home is also outlined in the Parents and Carers Partners policy.