The children will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are fun and suited to each child's unique needs. This is similar to a curriculum for older children, but it is suitable for very young children, and is designed to be flexible and enjoyable so that staff can follow each child's unique needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


We aim to give children the best possible start. We believe a number of things make us special:

  • Teacher led Nursery supported by experienced classroom assistants.
  • Small play groups and very generous staffing ratios.
  • A fun environment which is safe and secure.
  • Extensive use of Colston's 30 acre site including Forest School in our wooded area.
  • Nursery and Reception trips organised off-site to local places of interest.
  • Outstanding pastoral care supported by close links between Nursery, Reception and home.
  • Strong family values reflected throughout all year groups at Colston's
  • Close links between our Nursery and Reception classes to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  • Extended school day available to assist working parents.

Progress in Nursery and Reception is monitored carefully through the use of Interactive Learning Diaries. The teachers record observations and progress for each child during the school day and parents have their own secure access to their child’s Learning Diary so that observations made at home can also be uploaded. We encourage regular discussions with parents to discuss how children are settling in and progressing.