Early Years Foundation Stage

At The Riverside Day Nursery, Windsor we strive to inspire every child’s love of learning, starting with a rich, diverse curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Designed to give your child the very best start in life and ensure they are ‘school ready’, the EYFS is divided into seven key areas of learning and development. The first three areas – Prime Areas – are the areas children usually develop first: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

As your child grows, the EYFS focuses on four further areas of development – Specific Areas – which are: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Alongside this we run our own dedicated educational programme to complement and enhance the EYFS seven areas of learning. Carefully designed to reinforce the children’s understanding, our learning programme takes a varied and innovative approach to key topics, helping to truly engage and raise their curiosity. The programme is divided across three age groups with the number of topics expanding as the children grow. By the time the children reach pre-school age, they take multiple topics, including Jolly Phonics, Letters and Sounds, Magical Maths, Silly Science and a special School Readiness programme to prepare them for the next exciting step, starting school.

At the Riverside Day Nursery, Windsor we also help children grow and develop by providing the ideal environment in which to learn – a safe, caring setting where children feel confident to play, explore and think for themselves and a place to express themselves creatively and be physically active – indoors and out.

If you would like to discuss our curriculum in more detail please get in touch.


Keyworkers – Supporting your child’s learning

Experience shows that a really successful way of working with our children is via the keyworker system. This is where a highly trained member of staff is appointed to look after your child as part of a small group. As well as giving you a single point of contact at the nursery, they ensure your child’s needs are being met and that they are making positive steps in each area of the EYFS.

One of the main ways keyworkers do this is to observe and assess your child on an on-going basis to get to know their specific interests and unique learning style. In turn this information is used to draw up an individual learning plan to enable them to reach their full learning potential with ‘next steps planning’.


Fun extra-curricular activities

To ensure our children have access to as many opportunities to have fun and develop new skills as possible, we also offer a range of extra-curricular activities run by external specialists, including Multi-Sports, Ballet, Spanish and Teddy Tennis – a fun physical class for budding tennis players. Please note that extra-curricular classes aren’t covered by Early Education Funding.

To find out more about our nursery’s creative curriculum, or arrange a visit, please get in touch.


Free-flow Play for happy, independent children

Our planned play-based activities are complemented by lots of opportunity for free-flow play. This is where children can choose what they want to do next and who they do it with – whether that’s indoor play, outdoor play, a noisy and stimulating activity or a quiet, thoughtful activity.

Free-flow, or child-initiated play, is recognised for its far-reaching benefits, which as well as allowing children to learn at their own pace, boosts their confidence and allows them to focus on activities they love.