Learning and Development

The education of the children in St Richards Nursery, is based on the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and its curriculum requirements, DfE updates and Local Authorities recommendations. The Nursery Curriculum has the following Areas of Learning and Development, delivered in a carefully planned educational programme which meets the Early Learning Goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception Year. The 7 areas are:

Prime Areas of Learning and Development

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

The Prime Areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Specific Areas of Learning and Development:

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

The Specific Areas strengthen and apply the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in the Prime Areas.

Personal, social & emotional

At St Richard’s Nursery we help 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

We provide 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

We encourage 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


We provide 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 the world

We 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.

Expressive arts & design

We enable 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.