The Old School Nursery Curriculum Policy 2018

Foundation stage trained

We support the teaching of The Early Years Foundation Stage throughout the year with our qualified staff. The EYFS teaches children to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent from the loving and secure relationships they form with you and us. Our carefully planned environments support your child’s learning and development and shows them how to learn in different ways.

Learning Philosophy

Each child’s individual character flourishes in a setting that encourages variety, flair and effective self-expression, in a pattern of positive social values, personal relationships, and personal discipline. We respect all children as individuals to ensure they feel valued and able to confidently explore all the learning opportunities available to them.

Learning does not mean staying indoors! We fully embrace free flow incorporating both stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments and are passionate about our Forest Schools we have created at our settings.

Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. The Polkadot team understands that children learn in many different ways.


The curriculum that will be offered in the nursery encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from themselves. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking. We do this by:

  • Making children feel valued and good about themselves
  • Ensuring that children have equality of access to learning
  • Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources
  • Avoiding stereotypes or derogatory images in the selection of materials
  • Celebrating a wide range of festivals
  • Creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance
  • Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable
  • Ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of children with special educational needs and children with disabilities
  • Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to the curriculum and are supported in their learning
  • To extend an awareness of the variety, range and purpose of language and communication

Key Objectives

Today the business cares for some 400 children across 9 Ofsted registered settings and employs some 50 staff on both a full and part-time basis. Our key business objectives are:

  • To provide innovative high-quality care and education in a happy, caring, safe and secure environment.
  • To encourage each child to reach their potential – at their pace.
  • To provide a flexible service to help parents achieve a better work/life balance.
  • To retain a strong and committed team of professionals.
  • To continuously improve everything we do.
  • To grow the business sustainably without over extending and thereby effecting service quality and delivery.

Nursery Education Funding

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).

If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.


You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25
  • This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

You’re not eligible if:

  • your child doesn’t usually live with you
  • the child is your foster child
  • either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000