Curriculum - Learning Through Play




The most important part of early education is allowing children to learn through play.


What does that mean?

Allowing children the freedom to explore, formulate questions and answers in their mind, build on their interests, try things out, test out their own theories and assess risk in their play, in order to become effective learners, who are excited about the world around them and intrigued in all they do.

The role of the adult is to:



 "You make learning fun for the children which I think is important."

Ofsted 2016



 "She loves learning and often comes home and pretends to be a teacher 'teaching' me what she has learned that day."

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

The key to children’s learning is having active play experiences, with adults to talk to them and support what they are doing.

The curriculum highlights the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning.’ These are:


We support children with these Characteristics of Effective Learning, by providing quality and exciting play opportunities, that enable the children to explore, question, have a go and find their own solutions.


There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Curriculum:working together1

Three Prime Areas, which are:


Four Specific Areas, which are:


In Cleator Moor Nursery School, our weekly planning ensures that all areas of learning and development are included in our activities and that children participate in play opportunities, which will interest, challenge and develop their skills and knowledge. Theme newsletters are sent home regularly and can be found on the newsletters page of our website. Weekly plans can be viewed in the cloakrooms. If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please speak to a member of staff or contact the school office.



 "The high quality of education that your school provides is well recognised."  

Ofsted 2016



 “As a result of high-quality teaching, children make rapid progress….”

Ofsted 2016



 "He has learned to share and understands problems and how to solve them."

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