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KINGSWOOD Day Nursery - Alderholt

Learning at KingsWood is based on your child's unique interests, schemas, learning characteristics and what your child requires next in their little world.  Know body knows your child like you! Together we path out wonderful learning opportunities through play and exploration. 

 Ofsted viewed this as an outstanding aspect of our work. Along with Nuffield Health who awarded KingsWood the Dorset Business Award  for Customer Services.  Partnership with you is crucial to our home from home approach. 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The Early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's "school readiness" and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The EYFS seeks to provide;
splatQuality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;


splatA secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;


splatPartnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers


splatEquality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.


Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments, like we have at KingsWood. 



A Unique child+Positive relationships+Enabling environments=Learning and development.


Learning and development is split into the following areas; Prime areas are fundamental, work together, and are more thorough to support development in all areas.


splat Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)

splat Communication and language (CL)

splat Physical development (PD)


Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
splat Literacy(L)
splat Mathematics (M)
splat Understanding the world (UTW)

splat Expressive arts and design (EAD)


Learning Journals
Your child will have their own learning journal. As you open the book and turn the pages you can see your child’s/babies day captured with photographs and text. 

The photographs and text are related to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The learning journals are available after every session, so you can reflect back on your child’s day with them at home.

We ask you to add to your learning journals at home, adding photographs and writing about your little ones time spent at home, or trips you may have been on. If your child attends another setting, such as childminders or more than one nursery we encourage the other professionals to use your child's learning journal, allowing a constant approach to your child’s learning. I have kept my son's, Euan’s entire collection of learning journals  in his “keep safe box” at home. I’m sure in years to come he will find his learning journals very amusing with each learning journal recording development of his early years at KingsWood.