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Sandhills Day Nurseries are Rated Outstanding with Ofsted

Learning & Development

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS framework gives mums and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.

Children are developing all the time and their learning reflects this. The EYFS uses the term Learning and Development to describe seven areas of learning. These are all related to each other; however they are divided into Prime and Specific Areas.

Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Languag
  • Physical Development

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


In addition the EYFS refers to the different ways that children learn as the Characteristics of Learning:

Playing and exploring: children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’;

Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;

Creating and thinking critically: children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Together with the Prime and Specific areas these comprise the knowledge, skills and experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth to 5 years. Underpinning all areas are the EYFS Principles.

Some of our children learning and developing

The EYFS progress at two check is a non-statutory guidance which has been introduced to enable earlier identification of development needs so that any additional support can be put into place as early as possible. The EYFS Framework does not require the progress check to be completed in a prescribed or standard format. It only specifies that information about a child’s development should be provided to parents in the prime areas of learning and development of the EYFS.

It's been wonderful journey
My little girl leaves Sandhills after 4 happy years. I have to say the care has been outstanding throughout. Consistency in nursery staff, activities and efforts made to nurture the children has been at the highest level in all the key stages, from the baby room upwards. It's been wonderful journey and a massive thanks for all you have done for Arabella.
– Ophelia King
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Sandhills Day Nurseries are Rated Outstanding with Ofsted
OFSTED are the statutory Government body that inspect childcare settings. Here is what they said about our Alvechurch nursery:
“Children are cared for by dedicated staff who demonstrate good understanding of their roles and responsibility and show confidence in sharing skills, questioning practice and testing new ideas.”