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Durham University Day Nursery

Our nursery rooms

Each Nursery area is thoughtfully planned to take into account the age and developmental stage of the children in that area. We design our areas to be safe, comfortable and stimulating, with furnishings and equipment that are appropriate to the needs of the children at each stage of their development.

Babies and children progress through the Nursery areas depending upon their age and also their level of physical and emotional development.

Each of our areas follow the appropriate part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, as set out by the Department for Education. Children under three will concentrate on the three ‘Prime Areas’. These being:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language, and
  • Physical Development.

As your child grows the specific areas are introduced, these include:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World, and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

Each area has a Senior Nursery Nurse and we have an Early Years Practitioner who helps and supports all staff in their understanding of working with the children. Our staff are there to encourage and facilitate emerging skills, not to force or over extend them and at no time do we forget the importance of FUN AND PLAY. We aim to teach children by ensuring challenging playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and developing.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has four themes each with underlying principles.

A Unique Child: Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships: Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationship with parent and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments: Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

Learning and Development: Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Observation and Assessment

Throughout your child’s time in our Nursery, their development is observed and recorded, and used in planning activities to help them move to the next stage. Our staff will make observations of each child, record these in the child’s own personal Learning Journal and liaise with parents who can also record any home observations into this folder.