All children need to experience a planned programme of activities and experiences moulded to their stage of development and taking into account of their individual needs. Each child is allocated a key worker who will work closely with their key children to monitor and observe their progress and development.

In addition to the activities that cover the areas of learning in the EYFS there are also many other experiences for children to learn and develop through. Play is natural to children and is the means by which they learn. Through play the children learn new skills, develop new interests and encounter new experiences.

At Abracadabra Day Nursery the staff plan activities around the children’s interests. These activities cover the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These areas are:

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

We will provide children with the experiences and support they need to help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others, to form relationships, to develop social skills and to learn how to manage their feelings.

Communication & Language

We will give children the opportunity and encouragement to experience a rich language environment. We will develop their confidence in expressing themselves and encourage them to speak and listen in a variety of situations.

Physical Development

We encourage all children to develop and practice their fine and gross motor skills, to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be safe and healthy.


We will provide opportunities for children to explore reading and writing. They will have access to a wide variety of literature, as well as different tools to use for pencil control.


The children learn about numbers, shapes, patterns and measurements through various games and activities.

Understanding of the World

With opportunities for all children to discuss people who are signified in their lives, places they have visited, as well as the natural world the children are able to learn and understand the world.

We also introduce technology by using a variety of toys and games.

Expressive Arts & Design

We support all children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art and design, music, movement and imaginative activities.