Plotting The Right Course

At Anchors we follow the learning and development requirements of the EYFS. This means that we look carefully at the children in our care, considering their needs, their interests and their stages of development and use the information to plan challenging and enjoyable experiences across all the areas of learning and development, providing a balance of adult and child-initiated activities. Examples of activities in each main area are set out below. A full list can be found in our Anchors Nursery Handbook.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At Anchors we focus on developing all aspects of children’s personal, social and emotional development, which is fundamental to all other areas of their learning.

• To settle happily and manage without parent/carer
• To play independently and participate in a range of activities
• To gain confidence and self respect
• To learn respect for others, their well-being, property and work
• To make friends

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Communication and Language

At Anchors we give each child the opportunity and support to develop their communication, language and literacy skills. Speaking, listening, reading and writing for different purposes are the main areas of focus.

• To develop clear speech
• To develop correct use of language
• To extend vocabulary
• To develop listening skills

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Physical Development

At Anchors we provide opportunities for each child to develop physically, concentrating particularly on their fine and gross motor skills, also developing an awareness of the importance of healthy choices and independence in self-hygiene.

• To develop confidence in movement
• To develop awareness of space and others
• To develop balance and co-ordination
• To begin to recognise the importance of keeping healthy and the effects of activities on their bodies
• To support children through toilet training

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At Anchors we aim to instil a love of books and stories. We encourage children to link sounds and letters, and provide an environment to stimulate an interest in reading and writing.

• To enjoy and respect books
• To begin to understand that symbols and print convey meaning
• To develop letter sound and symbol recognition
• To use phonic knowledge to decode regular words
• To develop hand co-ordination and progress to holding a pencil correctly and forming recognisable letters
• To encourage use of phonic knowledge to write simple words

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At Anchors we prepare each child’s key skills in order to further their mathematical development. These include matching, sorting, counting, sequencing patterns, shape, space and measurement.

• To recognise that maths is all around us
• To count by rote and objects up to 20
• To recognise numerals
• To begin to explore ways of solving practical problems
• To identify patterns and sequences
• To identify regular and irregular shapes and to recognise them in the world around them

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Understanding the World

At Anchors we endeavour to develop in the children an awareness of themselves, their families, their environment and the world around them.

• To develop an interest in their immediate environment
• To develop curiosity-why?, when?, how?, where?
• To promote British values whilst encouraging respect for different cultures and beliefs
• To experience ICT

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Expressive Arts and Design

At Anchors we cover a wide range of creative development activities including art, music, role-play, creative dance and imaginative play.

• To develop self expression through art and craft media
• To explore and experiment with a range of tools and materials
• To develop self expression through music and movement
• To develop imagination
• To communicate their ideas and feelings through role play

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