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How we help children learn:

Unique child

Each child is unique and has their own learning needs and ways of exploring the world. Because of this, we combine child-led play with an adult-support role that is tailored to each individual.

Enabling Environments

Enabling environments are about ensuring children are able to learn and feel safe. We ensure lots of outdoor play, which offers sensory experiences, and encourages an active lifestyle with other benefits.

Positive relationships

We model and teach positive relationships that encourage the best in others to ensure that children learn to treat themselves and others with respect.


Early Skills

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. Our educational framework covers critical key skills that help children to develop and start their formal education well.

A Unique Child

Areas of curriculum: being imaginative, physical development, communication and language

Types of activities: x

Why we care about this:

We believe that every child is uniquely made in the image of God and a gift to the world. Our approach to education recognises this by looking at the individual needs of every single child on their own terms, expecting every child to develop differently.


Enabling environments

Areas of curriculum: moving and handling, exploring and using materials, understanding the world.

Types of activities: daily interactive play and learning in our outdoor classroom, weekly offsite visits to local woodland, beaches and parks...

Why we care about this:

Children under 5 primarily develop through sensory and practical engagement with the physical world. Research into child development has shown the enormous benefits of outdoor learning for supporting early years development. On top of the educational benefits, we are passionate about giving our children a love and appreciation for natural creation, and encouraging positive active lifestyles with plenty of time spent outdoors.

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Positive relationships

Areas of curriculum: Listening and attention, managing feelings and behaviour, making relationships, self-confidence and awareness​

Types of activities:

Why we care about this:

As children develop, they learn about boundaries, the difference between right and wrong, and the need to consider the views and feelings, as well as needs and rights, of others and the impact that their behaviour has on other people. The development of these skills requires adult guidance to help encourage and model appropriate behaviours and to offer intervention and support when children struggle with conflict and emotional situations. 

Early skills development

Areas of curriculum: Literacy, numeracy, people & communities, the world & technology

Types of activities to expect:

Why we care about this:

Child development between the ages of 0 to 5 sets the pattern for learning that carries into formal education. It is vitally important to ensure that all children are progressing in the key skills that will underpin the rest of their learning for life. At this early age, this includes speech and language development, a basic confidence in numbers, shapes and objects, and nurturing curiosity about the world with different classes of information outside of their daily knowledge.

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