Curriculum - Learning Through Play




The most important part of early education is allowing children to learn through play.


What does that mean?

Allowing children the freedom to explore, formulate questions and answers in their mind, build on their interests, try things out, test out their own theories and assess risk in their play, in order to become effective learners, who are excited about the world around them and intrigued in all they do.

The role of the adult is to:

  • Support exploration
  • Follow the children’s lead, interests and areas of fascination
  • Encourage them to have a go, build on what they already know and discover new opportunities and possibilities
  • Make sure we keep the children safe, whilst allowing them the space to take considered risks
  • Encourage and relish in messy play, letting them explore different textures, using all of their senses to experience it



 "Reading is at the heart of the curriculum.  Books and rhymes support children’s development in all areas of learning. For example, children develop their mathematical knowledge when they sing songs about numbers. They learn more about living things when they share stories about animals. Children, including two-year-olds, develop a real love of reading."

Ofsted 2022



 "She loves learning and often comes home and pretends to be a teacher 'teaching' me what she has learned that day."

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The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)

The key to children’s learning is having active play experiences, with adults who play alongside and support what they are doing.

The curriculum highlights the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning.’ These are:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creativity and Critical Thinking


We support children with the Characteristics of Effective Learning, by providing quality and exciting play opportunities, that enable the children to explore, question, have a go and find their own solutions.


There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Curriculum:working together1

Three Prime Areas, which are:

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


Four Specific Areas, which are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding The World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


In Cleator Moor Nursery School, our weekly planning ensures that all areas of learning and development are included in our activities and that children participate in play opportunities, which will interest, challenge and develop their skills and knowledge. 

Our curriculum is ambitious, broad and balanced. Through sequenced planning, we help children build their learning over time. Young children's learning is driven by their interests, therefore our planning needs to be flexible. Language development is central to children making progress across all areas of learning. 

Self regulation skills are the mental processes which enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions and complete multiple tasks successfully. We will provide activities which help children with their growing ability to self-regulate. These activities will...

  • focus children's thinking
  • help children monitor what they are doing and adapt accordingly
  • support children to regulate strong feelings and understand them
  • encourage children to be patient for what they want
  • instill a sense of perseverence and the desire to keep trying

Topic newsletters are sent home regularly and can be found on the newsletters page of our website. Weekly plans can be viewed in the cloakrooms. If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please speak to a member of staff or contact the school office.


 "TStaff are knowledgeable about how young children learn and develop."  

Ofsted 2022




 “Leaders have created a broad and exciting curriculum for children, covering  all areas               of the early years foundation stage. All children learn from this curriculum, including              those  with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).”

Ofsted 2022



 "He has learned to share and understands problems and how to solve them."

Parent Feedback






About Us

Cleator Moor Nursery School
Ennerdale Road
Cleator Moor
CA25 5LW

Telephone Number: : 01946 811189


Open Hours


Visits to our school are always welcome. Please contact Ms Claire Southward in the school office to make an appointment.

Our opening times are:

Monday - Friday 8:15am - 4:30pm (term time only)