For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.

The Early Years Outcomes (DfE 2013) guidance sets out the likely stages of progress a child makes along their progress towards the Early Learning Goals. Our setting has regard to these when we assess children and plan for their learning. Our programme supports children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need.



Key EYFS Skills

My role within the nursery is that of a Head Teacher. I like to help the children understand numbers in a fun way. We choose ways to do things, find out things and explore.

We have so much fun exploring and developing our mathematical understanding through a range of games and toys; we use jigsaws, shape sorters, sorting games and counting activities.

With the help of the staff, we encourage the children to use mathematical language, explore mathematical concepts and share with each other. We find new ways every day to develop these skills both indoors and outdoors.

I also ensure all our children are safe and secure.

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Key EYFS Skills
Expressive Arts and Design

My role within the nursery is to help the children with Expressive arts & design. We love to explore different sensory experiences such as gloop, water and moon sand. With the help of the staff we provide mark making opportunities and also put meaning to the marks we are making. We really enjoy all the arts & craft activities available and have so much fun getting messy!

I have a passion for acting, music and dance and take great pride in encouraging the children to sing, dance, act and express themselves. The children are always willing to have a go at new things and choose the way in which they want to do things. The imagination of a child is a wonderful thing, and at The Early Learning Camp there are no boundaries to where our imaginations can take us.

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Key EYFS Skills
Physical Development

Hi, I am Eli and I love the outdoors - climbing, running, forest trekking and games. This is just what I need for my physical development. I have so many opportunities here to do all the things I love to do.

The staff are a great support and then have helped me to become more independent through all the fun activities available. I really enjoy achieving new things every day. Come along to The Early Learning Camp and see for yourself all the fun things we can do. The outside areas are amazing, it’s like our very own forest.

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Key EYFS Skills
Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design

Hi, my name is Peyton and I just love to read and write. The Early Learning Camp have so many books and I love to sit in our indoor reading garden looking through them or having story time with my friends in the outdoor reading area.

I have learned so much and really enjoy Jolly Phonics sessions and learning letter formation. The staff are great and have encouraged me to keep trying and to concentrate.

Reading has helped me so much with my imagination and I also love the weekly Drama Tots sessions where I can be as imaginative as I want. We have our own ‘Hollywood Stage’ where we can act, sing and dance.

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Key EYFS Skills
Communication and Language

Abel is our baby bear. He is fun loving, adventurous and curious. He loves listening to all the children, mimicking and copying their speech sounds. Communication & Language is encouraged with all the babies at The Early Learning Camp, from sounds to simple words, two words and eventually a simple sentence.

At the Early Learning camp there are lots of group activities to meet the children’s own interests and needs. Small group activities help to build our confidence and build friendships.

Our baby bears love our weekly Jo Jingles sessions. These sessions encourage learning and development by having fun exploring music and physical activity.

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Key EYFS Skills
Understanding the World

My names is Rufus and I am Grandpa Brown.  I have travelled all around the world, seen many amazing places and met many wonderful people along the way.  I have experienced all kinds of different cultures.  I like to share my experiences with the children; to help them understand the world and the people and communities within it.   I like to encourage the children to be independent and choose their own way to do things.

Additionally, I like to talk to the children about the places I have been; we use globes and world maps to point out different places and talk about them. I have many a tale to tell!  We also encourage others to send us postcards from their travels around the world!

I have come across many professions in my time and like to invite some into the nursery to meet the children and talk about their jobs - for example Dentists, Fire Officers, Police.

I like to encourage the children to be independent and choose their own ways to do things. 

We love to go outside, with our binoculars and explore the area to see what we can find.  The world is a wonderful place and there is no shortage of opportunities to explore it.

I believe it’s important for the children to use their imagination especially from a young age as their young minds are full of magic and wonder, anything is possible, and I hope that feeling stays with them throughout their lives.


Key EYFS Skills
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

I am Grandma Brown, and my name is Eliza. I support all the children with their personal, social and emotional development. I encourage the children to make relationships and manage their feelings and behaviour. The children all have a key person at the nursery who will form a bond with them and their parents and help support their learning and development.

At The Early Learning Camp we always value a child’s ideas and provide choice for them to follow their own interests. We also introduce routines and encourage sharing, turn taking and teamwork.

The children all enjoy achieving what they set out to do.

I am passionate about the environment and the part we all play in it and we encourage the children to take an interest and learn about the wonders of nature.

I like to cook and love growing my own vegetables in our outdoor area. The children all help to plant seeds, water them and watch them grow. Sometimes, the rabbits get lovely vegetable treats from our allotment area.

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