Patcham Infant School Nursery Class

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Here at Patcham Infant School Nursery Class every child is welcomed, nurtured and encouraged to thrive. We provide an outstanding, stimulating environment and exciting learning experiences, helping children to reach their full potential through their play and learning.

Patcham Infant School Nursery Class is led by outstanding qualified teachers.

Our Curriculum:

The Foundation Stage Teachers plan from the Development Matters of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The principles of the EYFS are grouped into four themes:

  • A Unique Child- every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships- children learn to be independent from a base of strong relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling Environments- the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • Learning and Development- children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates.

(Taken from the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’, 2012)

The Seven Areas of Learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into six Areas of Learning. There are three prime areas of learning and four specific areas of learning.

Prime Areas:

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

Specific Areas:

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

Options for funded provision


You can take your 15 or 30 hours funded provision in a number of ways.


Option 1:

Monday 9.00-3.00

Tuesday 9.00-3.00

Wednesday 8.45-11.45


Option 2:

Wednesday 12.15-3.00

Thursday 9.00-3.00

Friday 8.45-3.00


Option 3: 

Monday-Friday Full time


(funded for working parents)


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Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This prime area of learning of development provides children with the experiences and support to enable them to develop a positive self-image and a positive view of others. Children will develop a positive disposition and will be motivated to learn and succeed; they will develop social skills and independence. Children will be learning to talk about their feelings and gain the confidence to manage them.


In this specific area of learning and development, children will begin

to make sense of visual and verbal signs and begin to link sounds and

letters by experimenting with words and rhymes. All of these skills

will support the children’s early reading and writing development.

Understanding the World

This specific area of learning and development supports children in

making sense of the world through developing their knowledge, skills

and understanding. There will be opportunities for them to use tools

safely and work with a range of materials, conduct practical

‘experiments’ and meet new creatures, plants, people and objects in their local environment.


This specific area of learning and development helps children to seek

patterns, make connections and recognise relationships when working

with numbers and counting, and shape, space and measures. They will make calculations and solve problems through practical situations, and they will begin to use and understand mathematical vocabulary.

Expressive Arts and Design

This specific area of learning and development provides opportunities for children to explore their ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, imaginative play and role-play.

Get In Touch

Highview Avenue South, Patcham,
Brighton & Hove BN1 8WW

01273 509 766

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