At  Little Cherubs we believe that the Foundation Stage plays an essential role in laying the foundations of future learning. We focus on children learning through active takes play, creating and thinking critically and playing and exploring which takes place both indoors and outdoors. We build on the children’s individual needs and interests relating to the following seven areas of learning:

There are three Prime Areas and these are:

Communication and Language

Your child will learn to listen to stories and respond to what they hear with relevant comments and questions. They will learn how to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

Physical Development

Your child will learn to move confidently, control their body, handle different kinds of tools and equipment with increasing skill and be able to try to dress and undress independently.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Your child will learn to be self-confident, take an interest in things, know what their own needs are, tell the different between right and wrong, and develop their skills in making relationships.

These prime areas are essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. Our aim in nursery is to ensure that by the end of their nursery days all children are competent in these areas.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas:


Your child will learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying stories, songs and poems, hearing and saying sounds, and linking them to the alphabet. They will learn to recognise some of the letters of the alphabet and develop their skills in mark making. They will also learn how to handle books carefully, talk about illustrations, make up stories, talk about key events and characters too


Your child will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. They will become comfortable with using numbers beyond 12 and develop their concept and vocabulary about weight, time, pattern, shape and space.

Understanding the World

Your child will explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it. They will build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for. They will find out about past events in their lives and their families’ lives. They will find out about different cultures and beliefs.

Expressive Arts

Your chid will explore colours and shapes, dance, making things, telling stories and making music

Each child’s journey through the Early Years Foundation Stage is recorded in their “Learning Journal” (Tapestry) and parents are encouraged to input into these to share in this journey to.

We consider ourselves partners in your child’s learning. We value your partnership, working alongside us, to achieve the best start for your children. The activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. For example talking, listening, reading, singing nursery Rhymes, cooking and baking or playing outside with them.