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Childhaven offers a child centred approach to early education which is highly responsive to individual children and their families needs.  Research has shown that high quality early education can have a positive impact on a child well into their late teens. At Childhaven we believe that ‘every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable confident and self assured. That every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their full potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.  A secure, safe, and happy childhood is important in it’s own right.  Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up’. (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)


We aim to make each child’s early education experiences positive, happy and meaningful, igniting the desire to learn, find out more and continue life long learning. We wholeheartedly believe in  a “can do, having a go” attitude that will stay with your child for life, emphasising the process rather than the end product.

We are committed to making learning fun and promoting a love of learning.  We know that children learn best when they feel secure, happy and comfortable which is why we encourage children to experiment, explore, make mistakes and reflect on their experiences so they grow in confidence and independence.

Play is the vehicle for which children learn and access the curriculum and it is through play that children: connect ideas, embed learning, consolidate ideas and make sense of their world and the wider world.

The nursery is set out into different areas where there is continuous and enhanced provision.  Children's interests are reflected in our provision and it is through such provision that we encourage children to think, talk, ask questions, explore, solve problems independently/collaboratively.  Our highly skilled practitioners are aware of giving children enough space to develop ideas for themselves but also when to dip into activities to extend and develop learning.


The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning:

Prime areas:

Communication and language development involves giving children the opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.  Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships, and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Specific areas:

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.  Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.


How we identify and support your child's individual needs.






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