Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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Children, who begin their education in a learning environment that is vibrant, purposeful, challenging and supportive, stand the best chance of developing into confident and successful learners. At Millennium First Steps Nursery we will ensure that through play your child will learn, grow and have fun. Children learn best through play which helps them understand the world and to develop socially and emotionally whilst learning in a fun environment with adults who understand and care about them.

We believe that children deserve the best possible start in life as they develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives years than at any other time. That's why they are called the foundations years – the building blocks for life!.

The Early Years Foundation Stage which is a quality framework sets the standards for Learning, Development, and Care for children from birth to five. Our play based curriculum covers all the areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Development Matters document guides staff in observing, assessing and supporting each child’s development and individual needs.

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Learning is categorised into seven areas.
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding of the World

Communication and Language

At Millennium First Steps Nursery we provide opportunities for your child 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. A specialist French teacher also visits regularly and supports the older children to encourage early development of another language.

Physical Development

We encourage children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. During physical activities their fine and gross motors skills will be developed, including balance and co-ordination. Children will also be able to make healthy choices in relation to food and learn about healthy eating.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

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Staff will provide children with experiences and support which will help them develop confidence in their own abilities, a positive sense of themselves and others, respect for themselves and others, develop social skills, learn how to manage their feelings and understand appropriate behaviour in groups.


The children will be encouraged to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write.They will be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


Children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding in counting, and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children are able to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as provided with opportunities for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

Understanding of the World

We support and guide 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.

Our spacious rooms provide the opportunity for the children to access a variety of activities. A good nursery experience gives a child a flying start to their life-long learning and equips them to work in a team, to co-operate and share and to form long lasting friendships and partnerships during their time at school. At Millennium First Steps Nursery we are committed to working in partnership with parents in order to provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment which supports each child to reach their full potential during the first stage of their life.