At Little Dolphins Day Nursery our Key workers plan daily/weekly activities to cover all areas of development according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Our planning is well thought out and is always according to each child’s individual needs and development. The staff take into consideration any children who may need additional support and adapt these activties as and when this is necessary, ensuring all of the children have equal opportunies.

The EYFS learning and development requirements comprise of:

  • 7 areas of learning and development
  • Early learning goals
  • Assessment requirements


Communication and Language

  • Encourage children to develop their confidence
  • Give them opportunities to express themselves through talking, listening, hearing and interacting during story time, songs and rhymes
  • Familiarise themselves with books, how to handle books, learn and enjoy the stories and pictures

Physical Development

  • Providing opportunities for all children to be active indoors and outdoors
  • Encourage development of gross and fine motor skills, coordination and control and how to handles toys and equipment safely and sensibly
  • Understand the meaning of being healthy and the importance of physical activity and how to look after their own Health & Hygiene

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Develop self-confidence and self awareness to communicate their feelings and ideas and make particular choices
  • Manage feelings, emotions and behaviour and show an understanding of why certain behaviour is unacceptable
  • Making relationships and interact with other children and play co-operatively and take turns, form positive relationships with other children and adults alike and express their own feelings and respect the feelings of others



  • All children learn to read and understand word recognition by exploring books
  • Use phonics to help recognise words
  • Show an understanding of what has been read
  • Learn to write common simple words and basic sentences using their phonic knowledge


  • Through a variety of practical activities learn the basis of early maths such as: counting, matching, sequencing, sorting. Can count reliably from 0 - 20
  • Learn, by themselves and by working together with others, different mathematical vocabulary such as: volume, size, position, shape, number, weight. Explores shapes and patterns
  • Use a variety of fun activities to encourage children’s awareness of mathematics with songs, picture books, games
  • Develop their early addition and subtraction skills

Understanding the World

  • Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, and explore the world around them
  • Use of computers, phones, stereos, TV and other programmable devices to help further their knowledge of various technology
  • Participate in different festivals throughout the year relating to their own and other cultures

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Explores what happens during messy play with a variety of materials, tools and techniques. Experimenting with colours and textures
  • Role play and imaginative play through their own ideas and what they have seen and experienced
  • Joins in with music and dance activities

Working in partnership with parents is a vital part of the EYFS and very important to us at Little Dolphins Day Nursery. We always want our parents / carers to feel very much a part of their child’s time within the nursery and have as much input as possible.

Ofsted inspection framework September 2019

Over the last year a study has been carried out by a variety of professionals regarding the OFSTED inspection framework. This research has led them to believe that there is far too much paperwork surrounding this and instead would like to focus more so on the learning and development of the children. This will be put into place on 1st September 2019.

The new framework will consist of:

  •  Child centred learning (holistic play)
  • More time spent with children and less time on paperwork
  • High quality teaching
  • Emphasized focus on behaviour and attitudes of children
  • Positive attitudes to learning and exploring British values

The four sub-headings in which the setting would be assessed would be the following:

  1. Quality of teaching
  2. Personal development
  3. Behaviour and attitudes
  4. Leadership and management

Of the sub-headings above the new sub-headings such as quality of teaching, personal development and behaviour and attitudes all revolve around the emphasis of the focus of high-quality delivery of the EYFS curriculum, which references the EYFS framework and Development Matters.

How, why and what the setting would be doing in respect to actioning this. All the while also critically evaluating the activities and learning environment for the assurance of quality of teaching. So, capitalising on all and every learning opportunity that can be experienced with the children at the setting. Therefore allowing but also discussing with children what they were able to retain from the activities they have done.

There is the repeated need for settings to be child centred and promoting positive attitudes to learning. While also modelling, promoting and teaching the children how to be able to self-regulate their feelings and behaviour. As such giving them the foundation for being good citizens in the future and that the early years is the starting aspect of being able to achieve this.