The Early Years Foundation Stage


The early years foundation stage ( EYFS ) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child 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.


 Learning should be a pleasurable and rewarding experience for children and this period prepares your child for future learning and successes and helps  them be ready for school.


Management and staff work together to promote a welcoming, friendly, inclusive atmosphere in which good relationships flourish and which promotes each child’s feelings of well-being and emotional security.


 We believe in providing the best care and opportunities for children to achieve and learn whilst enjoying the company of other children and adults.

Your child has their own special interests, skills and abilities and  we use our close bond and understanding of your child to guide them in their development, giving them the space,time and resources to play imaginitively, explore and learn.



Our experienced staff are sensitive,  and encouraging as they support children in their play, knowing when to allow them time and space to explore and use resources in their own way, being on hand to extend learning opportunities and when to take the lead. They plan enjoyable and challenging activities which stimulate children's interest and allow them to think creatively, investigate, question, plan and solve problems.

Staff provide children with an inspiring and imaginative learning environment, indoors and outdoors. Children become highly engaged in their learning and show highly developed skills as independent learners. OFSTED 2017

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Moving on


 Moving on to school is a major mile stone  for you and your child. Here at Sticky Fingers we aim to support children as best we can in this transition. 

Our curriculum supports children in developing a strong sense of self worth, independence, self care skills  and motivation so that by the time they start school they are confident and eager to learn.


We have close links with our local schools, particularly Hobbayne our main feeder school, and we work with them in preparing children for school life. Visits to the school with the children are arranged and school staff come to the nursery to meet with us to share an overview of children's progress. We plan school role play, discussion, and activities for our leavers. Photographs of the school and staff are displayed to help children become familiar with their new environment.

Feedback received from schools and parents shows that our children settle well and are at high attainment levels.

Children make outstanding progress from their starting points. By the time they leave nursery to start school most children have acquired skills beyond those typical for children of their age. They develop a very positive view of learning. OFSTED 2017