Scallywags Nursery

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Scallywags Parent Partnership Nursery

A charitable incorporated organisation registered with the UK's Charity Commission, no. 1161965                    

Learning & Development

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers children’s learning from birth to five. At Scallywags, we plan for children’s learning using the EYFS framework and through observing childrens' individual interests.


The EYFS acknowledges the central importance of play, direct experiences and active learning to support children’s learning effectively. At Scallywags, we encourage young children to learn through playing and exploring, being active and through critical thinking, which take place both indoors and outdoors.


Communication between parents, children and keyworkers is the key to success at Scallywags; we feel that open communication between families and workers helps us to really know children as individuals. This also allows parents to be really effective in working with all the children within the group.  


At Scallywags, we use observations to inform us of how children are getting on, this enables us to plan to the child’s individual interests and provide information for individual children’s early learning and development records (ELDR). We welcome parents' contribution to their child’s records and parents are always welcome to view and/or discuss any aspects that interest or concern them.

We use holistic approaches in planning so that we continue to identify children’s interests on a daily basis.  This allows us to remain reflective about children as individuals and allows for flexibility of organising sessions appropriately to suit the different needs and interests within the group.


We also carry out planned observations for each child over the term, allowing us to spend additional time to focus on individual children. Parents are informed when their child is subject to this type of planning, as it also provides an extra opportunity to view children's attainment and spend time with key workers viewing children's interest and development as a whole.