Prime Areas

The Three Prime Areas of Learning

  • Communication and Language

"The development of children's spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children's back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial." (EYFS 2021)

Throughout the nursery day our practitioners use conversation, storytelling, rhymes and role play, to help develop the communication skills of our children. With support, repetition and modelling, our children learn to actively listen to others and develop the confidence to respond by sharing their ideas and thoughts.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

"Children's personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others". (EYFS 2021)

Our key person system is designed to help children feel safe and supported at nursery, giving them a secure platform through which they can learn how to regulate their emotions, independently attend to self-care skills and develop the confidence to try and achieve their goals. With role play and modelling, our practitioners work to support our children as they learn valuable life-skills such as how to make friends and to play co-operatively with others.

  • Physical Development

"Physical activity is vital in children's all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child's strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults." (EYFS 2021)

We are so lucky at Shadwell Childcare to have such fabulous and accessible outdoor learning environments where our children can learn to challenge their physical skills. From learning to kick balls and use small ride on toys in our Sunflower Room, to building and tackling obstacles courses in Bluebell, we aim to provide our children with exciting opportunities to develop their motor skills and support them as their confidence grows.


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