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Nursery planning and curriculum

In our nursery we plan according to the children’s interests and needs- this is called ‘Responsive Planning’.

Small group learning focuses on a core text- covering different areas of the EYFS framework such as literacy, communication and language, maths and PSED.

Click here to see how learning is organised over the year

Click here for the nursery core book overview

Click here for the autumn planning web


What is responsive planning?

The EYFS explicitly states that “Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care.” Child-led learning is widely regarded as one of the most effective ways of doing that, while in the moment planning is one of the most effective ways to introduce child-led learning.


The three stages of responsive planning:

  • The Child’s Spark – This is when the child first shows an interest in something. There should be an air of fascination around the object and concentration in what they are now doing.
  • The Teachable Moment – The practitioner will notice this and approach the child. This is the opportunity to extend their interest, by asking open-ended questions and considering ways to apply this interest to other options within the environment.
  • The Documentation – At a later point the observation is documented. This includes the spark, the teachable moment and what the practitioner did next. This will helps to map out each child’s interests, and plan an environment that works for them.


Enabling environments

The core provision is engaging and stimulating, so that children can approach things with independence and autonomy. This enables the child-led learning to take place.

There is constant review of the environment in the interests of the children. Taking into account how their interests are changing, and how the environment has affected this.


Nursery newsletters

Sherington Nursery Newsletter Autumn 2021-22



Morning sessions start at 8.45am and finish at 11.45am.

Afternoon sessions start at 12:30pm and finish at 3:30pm

For enquiries about full-time places, contact the school office.


Tapestry information for parents:

The nursery team use an online learning journey app called Tapestry. It allows us to continue to build effective communication between us (the EYFS team), and you (the parents and carers). With Tapestry we are able to upload flexible media meaning you can see pictures and videos of your child’s learning at school. Tapestry tools allow us to monitor the coverage of all areas of the EYFS curriculum and highlights areas in which your child may need further development. The app has the facility to email parents whenever a new observation is added to their child’s learning journey to keep you up-to-date with what your child has been learning about in school. Parents can add their own observations to share progress and milestones achieved at home. This gives parents greater opportunities to extend your child’s learning at home.

Tapestry Parent Presentation

Tapestry Booklet

Tapestry Security Policy


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