Benfleet, Essex, SS7 5XR

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Early years foundation stage

Every child at Queen Bee’s Day Nursery, will follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which in September 2008, was implemented as law. Practitioners will plan activities, based on the individual needs of all children. Therefore, children with special educational needs and children who use English as an additional language, will also be appropriately supported.

Outlined below, are the seven underpinning areas of The Early Years Foundation stage and we have included just a few examples, of how we aim to meet each area within the Nursery. Please enquire if there is any more information you may require.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships, Self-confidence and Self Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Promoting a healthy and happy environment, in which all children’s individuality is embraced and respected. Therefore all children are given the confidence to express their individuality and feel extremely valued when doing so.

-Positive approaches to teaching children how to value themselves as individuals, as well as valuing each other-Continuous reminders around the nursery, regarding personal hygiene and looking after our bodies.-Positive relationships formed within the nursery-Promoting positive behaviour and ensuring all children, are supported correctly to manage their own feelings and behaviour when necessary

Physical Development

Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care

  • Promoting children’s physical development, through regular sessions in the soft play gym
  • Monitoring children’s physical developmental milestones and using the appropriate resources within the nursery to encourage and support this development
  • Keeping our bodies healthy, exercise, healthy foods, keeping our teeth clean, trying new tastes and textures and so forth

Communication & Language

Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking

We implement a system of various communication methods, individually suited to each child. When appropriate, we incorporate methods such as Makaton sign language, Picture Exchange Communication Systems, supporting children who use English as an additional language and so forth.

-Responding to babies eye contact and communication-Individual writing tasks, practising letter formation, mark making etc, encouraging, supporting and praising all work-Consistently encouraging sounds through stories e.g. the cow went….’moo’-Making regular use of visual story bags, encouraging as much discussion as possible about the story-Exploring a variety of sounds 


Reading and Writing

  • Participating in rhymes and song
  • Supporting the use of picture books
  • Small group reading sessions
  • Story corner sessions
  • Discussing books, getting the children engaged by the use of story sacks, objects etc
  • Daily phonic practice
  • Multicultural stories promoted within the nursery
  • Mark making, letter formation practice


Number and Shape, Space and Measure

  • Participating in number songs and rhymes, incorporating the use of physical props e.g. 5 little ducks
  • Tapping and clapping to rhythms, incorporating musical instruments such as drums and shakers
  • Participating in various number games, rolling a dice and recognising the number
  • Making use of mathematical language, encouraging children to use this language when they are participating in the relevant activities
  • Problem solving
  • Shape recognition
  • Incorporating sand and water play to promote mathematical learning

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

People and Communities, The World and Technology

  • Celebrating cultural events within the nursery, incorporating the appropriate resources to ensure every child feels valued and confident to celebrate their own culture
  • Valuing each other’s individuality, singing ‘Good Morning’ songs, recognising each other’s names and so forth
  • Carrying out activities based on families, friends and pets etc
  • Educational visitors brought into the setting, teaching children about important aspects within their community, e.g. the fire brigade or police
  • Experiencing the wider community on various outings or trips
  • Introducing new sights, sounds and feelings for children to explore e.g. tactile materials
  • Carrying out investigations such as growing plants, vegetables, taking photographs and discussing findings
  • Incorporating I.C.T within the Nursery, making use of computers, powered toys and so forth

Expressive Arts & Design

Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative

  • Music sessions which incorporate a variety of musical instruments. Allowing the children to make their own music, as well as following musical direction
  • Regular sensory sessions to explore light, sound, materials and so forth
  • Providing children with a variety of resources to explore, allowing children to describe the difference in materials e.g. bumpy, soft, hard, colourful, flat etc
  • Painting and sculpting activities, making use of clay, dough, mod roc and so forth
  • Performing and acting out stories as a group, incorporating music, poems, props, painting and dance
  • Making use of story bags to express feelings, opinions and describe various stories
  • Allowing children to participate in role play scenarios e.g. shops, post office, library, home corner and so forth, encouraging children to take the lead, use and develop their own imagination and are confident to do so

Every Child Matters

There are 5 outcomes within the Every Child Matters Framework, that we ensure every child, will strive to achieve throughout their time at Queen Bee’s Day Nursery.

These include:

  1. Being Healthy
  2. Staying Safe
  3. Enjoying and Achieving
  4. Making a Positive Contribution
  5. Achieve economic wellbeing

We ensure, that all children are positively supported, throughout all aspects of their learning and development throughout The Early Years Foundation Stage. We plan activities carefully, to ensure that all children’s needs are appropriately met, providing them with ample resources to ensure learning can take place within a fun and engaging environment. When planning activities, we bear in mind the following themes: