Hadden Hill

Hadden Hill

Hadden Hill

Hadden Hill

telephone01235 813202

North Moreton, Didcot OX11 9BJ

white Open 7am to 7pm - 52 weeks


EYFS the Early Years Curriculum

The government requires us as a registered provider to follow the national curriculum for under fives which is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS is built around the following guiding principles:

  • A unique child : every child is a competent learner from birth, resilient, capable, confident capable and resilient
  • Positive relationships: children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and key person
  • Enabling environments: supporting and extending children’s development and learning
  • Learning and development: children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, all areas of learning are equally important and interconnected


The EYFS has 7 areas of learning:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development- providing experiences and support which will give children a positive sense of themselves and others, form positive relationships and respect for others, social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, understanding of appropriate behaviour in groups, and confidence in their own abilities

  • Communication and Language – experiencing a rich language environment, developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and learning to speak and listen in a range of situations

  • Mathematics – providing opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and learning to describe shapes, spaces and measures

  • Understanding the World: helping children develop the skills and knowledge 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

  • Literacy: encouraging children to link sounds and letters and beginning to read and write. We provide access to a wide range of reading materials(books poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest

  • Physical Development: providing opportunities to be active and interactive, 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.

  • Expressive arts and design: enabling 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

    (Source: EYFS Practice Guidance)


Choose what interests you

We use the EYFS “Practice Guidance” to help us assess your child’s progress through observing them at play or during meal times for example and then checking that against what we would expect based on their age. We have weekly and long term planning to determine our play activities and build on what your child has already learned to do, what they are interested in and at the same time extend their learning into new areas to ensure they get a broad experience.   For example if your toddler loves playing with water we will introduce cups of different sizes so they can practise pouring water into bigger or smaller cups and learn about size. We may then go on to explore sand and how that works when it is wet or dry and then perhaps take that outdoors to our big sandpit where they can explore it on a larger scale (we have a garden hose too so who knows where this might lead!). We are always monitoring what each child is enjoying at any time and will change planning in response to them.

Learning through play

We also use the EYFS Practice Guidance when planning play activities. Play is essential in helping children understand the world around them and in helping them to develop socially and emotionally. All our play activities are planned carefully so each child can play at their own pace, choosing to doing things that they are interested in, play on something alone or with other children. Our staff will support the children in their play and encourage them to build their confidence and push new boundaries.