The Early Years Foundation Stage

Sodbury Vale Day Nursery provides high quality pre-school education and care for 2 – 5 year olds in a safe warm and friendly environment with a team of Professional qualified early years educators.

Prime Areas

Comunication & Language

Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Physical Development

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Specific Areas


Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

We plan stimulating actives in accordance with these areas to ensure a wide variety of learning is covered for all age groups.

Staff regularly attend training courses to further their knowledge on all of these areas and to share experiences with other practitioners.

Understanding The World

Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance , role-play, and design and technology.

Assessment and Observations

The development of children is carefully monitored and recorded in an on-line  ‘Learning Journal’ by staff. This consists of observations and photographic evidence of learning which will be shared with parents formally  twice a year and can easily be accessed by parents using a unique login and password.

Special Needs

We aim to provide all children with a broad and balanced learning environment that is committed to the integration of children with special needs and disabilities. We believe that all children – with or without special needs, should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential alongside other children.

We aim to work within the guidelines set out in the “Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice 2015”

We have a Special Needs Coordinator who regularly attends training courses and works closely with our Early Intervention Officer to keep up to date with new information and share knowledge.  We have a mix of children from a variety of socio-economic groups, children with special needs and children with English as an additional language.

Equal Opportunities

Sodbury Vale Day Nursery positively value and respects children of all ethnic origins/racial groups, cultures, religions and abilities. All children are positively encouraged to participate in all activities by staff.

Sodbury Vale Day Nursery considers it to be important to provide a range of experiences and an environment that will instil in the children a positive outlook towards people in our society whom they see as different from themselves.

  • Toys and equipment will be chosen with the differing needs of the children in mind.
  • Books will be chosen to meet all the children’s ages and abilities and to reflect the many differing lifestyles there are in our society.
  • Displays will show and reflect a positive image towards the world in which we live.


Reasonable behaviour is expected from all children and clear, consistent rules are established according to the child’s level of understanding. All staff will adopt a consistent and positive approach to the management of children’s behaviour and high expectations are met through positive encouragement and appropriate praise of good behaviour.

Behaviour that is unacceptable includes bullying, physical or verbal abuse that hurts, injures or upsets, or behaviour that shows a lack of respect for others, disrupts their play or learning or damages property. Under no circumstances will any form of corporal punishment, humiliation, segregation, shaking or the withholding of food be used to deal with unacceptable behaviour. Staff will not label a child in any way to indicate that he/she is ‘undesirable’ or ‘naughty’.

Partnership with Parents

Previous experiences in the home, community and local environment are valued in the nursery. Parents can contribute to staff’s understanding of the child and likewise, staff have a responsibility to share their knowledge with parents.


Exploring our local environment and nature walks are an enjoyable part of the nursery curriculum. You will be asked to complete a consent form at enrolment for trips in the local environment. For nursery trips further afield, separate permission will be sought.