Learning and development

Every child deserves the best possible start in life, which is what we aim to provide at Spring at St Bart’s. Children develop quickly between birth and age five, and their experiences at this time are known to have a major impact on their life chances. To promote this development we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a national framework setting standards of learning giving children a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Within the EYFS there are 7 areas of learning:

- Communication and language

- Physical development

- Personal, social, and emotional development

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding the world, and

- Expressive arts and design

Every day we provide a wide range of activities and experiences to enable each child to develop in all these areas, and we observe children carefully to monitor their individual development and progress. Every child has a ‘key carer’, who is responsible for developing a close relationship with her/him, supported by a second key carer to cover holidays, differences in staff shifts, etc. Staff record the child’s key achievements in her/his personal learning journey on Famly, a secure online system for tracking children's progress. Photos of your child's activities are also uploaded to this site.This enables us to compare your child's progress against the national standards, as well as against others in the group. This record is shared almost immediately with parents who can log in via an app. Daily observation sheets are used to feedback daily activities to parents. Staff and parents also note children’s particular interests, ideas, and actions on the room’s ‘working board’, which provides a ready reminder of points to be taken forward in the coming days. Each week the key carer reviews the child’s achievements, using the Learning Journey and notes on the working board, then sets challenging targets to promote the child’s continued progress and development, and these are set out as the child's 'Next Steps'. This monitoring by key carers and parents enables continuity of challenge and development, both at nursery and at home. It also allows early identification of additional needs and specialist intervention, which may be helpful.

Three times a year the key carer reviews every child’s longer term progress to report to parents at the parents’ evening. At this time both the parents and the key carer contribute to ‘My Unique Story’, which summarises your child’s progress in all 7 areas of the EYFS and sets out plans for her/his further development. In addition, the same format is used to produce the two year check, which is shared with the parents, health visitor and multi-agencies.

We believe that through this monitoring and regular review we really do help every child achieve their potential.


You will notice that the biggest changes in the revised EYFS 2014 concern the Out of School Centre.  The requirement to follow the EYFS curriculum at the Out of School Centre no longer apply, as the children are already doing this while at school, and this change makes a lot of sense to us.  However, we plan to stay with the ratio of staff to children which we currently have and the requirements for qualifications in childcare.  

Read more about the EYFS here.