Copperfields Nursery

Caring for children since 1987

Learning and Development

‘Children are born ready, able and eager to learn’

Children make sense of the world through curiosity, discovery and involvement in activities planned for their individual interests and capabilities.


At Copperfields, we aim to give all children opportunities to engage in a range of experiences, laying the foundations for them to become confident, capable learners.

Four Themes

The Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE, 2012) has four themes which shape our practice:

  • Unique Child – We recognise and celebrate every child’s uniqueness
  • Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Enabling Environment – We create rich, stimulating environments in which children feel safe and secure
  • Learning and Development – Each child learns and develops at their own rate, therefore we plan to accommodate this

Children have a natural curiosity and instinct to play. This helps children learn and develop by allowing them to explore, test their ideas and relate to others. Play underpins all learning at Copperfields.

Seven Areas of Learning

There are seven areas of learning and development, three prime areas and four specific areas all of which are important and interconnected.

Prime areas – These are crucial for building children’s capacity to learn

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Specific areas – These build on foundations laid in the prime areas

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

All areas of learning are implemented through planned, purposeful play opportunities, incorporating a mix of adult-led and child initiated activities. Focus for the youngest will be on the three prime areas, progressing to the specific areas as and when appropriate for each individual child.

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Learning Journeys

Developmental Records – Children’s development is recorded in their learning journey. This is completed by the key person in partnership with the parent/carer and the child. The learning journey is reviewed regularly to ensure that good progress is being made. Should any concerns arise, we will work in partnership with you to put appropriate support in place.

2 Year Progress Check

Following your child’s 2nd Birthday, we will complete a 2 year old progress check with you, and provide a written summary of your child’s development.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – Playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically-underpin development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. The characteristics of effective learning move through all areas of learning.