At Tidemill we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in Nursery and Reception. This is a curriculum deeply rooted in the foundations of play. It is made up of four themes which are:

A Unique Child
  - Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling environments
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Learning and Development
- Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The themes of a unique child, positive relationships and enabling environments all feed into how we teach the learning and development theme.

Learning and development theme
The Learning and development theme is split into 7 areas of learning:

Communication and Language development involves giving children 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.

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.

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.

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 of 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.

In Nursery and Reception we follow children’s interests to offer them a stimulating and engaging curriculum. We use these interests to teach the 7 areas of learning described above. Children are continually assessed through observations and focus groups and the provision supplied is a result of this assessment.

We have a total of 60 Reception places and 52 part-time Nursery places. We also offer 10 full-time Nursery places.