The Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a structured guide set out by the government. It ensures that every child is provided with a nurturing environment in which to grow and develop. The four themes in this guide as follows;

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and development

The Unique Child relates to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which investigates these areas:

• Playing and Exploring
• Active Learning
• Creating and Thinking Critically

The Areas of Learning and Development are then divided into 7 areas, with 3 prime areas which are key to a child’s further development. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Behaviours
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

And there are 4 more specific areas which will develop once a child has developed the skills needed from the prime areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

It is especially important to us that you as a parent or carer feel involved whilst your child is with us at nursery and we encourage parents to tell us about exciting things that you are doing or holidays that you are going on so that we can share the excitement with your child.

We consider it important for you to be informed and involved with what your child is learning with us. We also encourage you to tell us exciting things you are doing or holidays that you are looking forward to, so we can share the fun and excitement with your child.

Each child is assigned a Key Person who will build a caring and strong relationship with them. We also operate a Key Buddy system, which your child’s Key Person will speak to you about. You can click here to view the Department of Education’s official guide to EYFS. (Early Years Foundation Stage)

With the help of the EYFS structure, the Nursery can track each child’s progress and provide certain individual activities to nurture and progress each child to their fullest potential.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Making relationships, Self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour

Communication and Language.

Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking

Physical Development.

Moving and handling. Health and self-care.


Reading (enjoying books from an early age).
Writing (learning to make marks of their own).


Shape, space and measure. Numbers.

Understanding the World.

Technology. The world. People and communities.

Expressive Arts and Design.

Media and materials. Being imaginative.

Woodley Gardens Day Nursery is part of The Forbury Group which was established in 1991. We are a privately run children’s day nursery. Offering full and part time places to children from 3 months up to the age of 5 years. We are situated on Reading road.
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We will provide a high standard of healthy meals using quality ingredients. Your child will receive a two course lunch and snacks which are prepared by our cook, Jackie, using fresh ingredients. We aim to introduce the children to different tastes and textures whilst encouraging good manners and a happy atmosphere when we sit down for meal times.
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Health and safety is considered of upmost importance and the Nursery practices a range of saftey policies and procedures which are available for you to read. To ensure security and well being, we allocate a ‘key person’ for each child. This helps us to ensure that each child is individually being cared for and feels cherished.
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