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Children Learning

Early Years Foundation Stage


Understanding your child’s development

• Children develop and learn at different rates and in different ways. Their development is not neat and orderly!

• That’s why the Department for Education’s guidance document, Development Matters, sets out children’s learning in broad ages. It shows how lots of different experiences in the first three years of life will help your child to learn.

• In this guide, ‘When I’m a baby’ broadly tells you about your child’s development in the first year of life. ‘When I’m older’ tells you about their development as a toddler and two-year old.


Understanding your child’s development

• Development Matters includes some checkpoints. They can help you and your childminder or early years setting have a conversation, if you’re worried about anything. Then you can decide together what to do next.

• The ‘checkpoints’ are not a ‘tick list’ to use for every child.

• Sometimes children have some early difficulties in their development. With the right help, they can quickly grow out of these difficulties.

• For example, 70% of children with delayed communication in the early years won’t have problems later in school. Those ‘late talkers’ need lots of opportunities to chat, play and read to help them grow out of their early difficulties.

• Some children will have long-term difficulties, so it’s important to identify what their needs are and make sure they get the support they need.

• Every child can make good progress, with the right support.

We know that children learn best through activities that capture their interests. Excel Child Care Services provides a wide variety of learning materials that are both interesting and educational.

We also enrich our curriculum with computer workshops, a music and movement specialist, programs based on holidays,

Our soft cushioned playground and movement classes provide an excellent environment to develop gross motor skills.


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Parental participation is an important component of our program. We foster parent involvement through various parent-child workshops and other parent-child activities throughout the year.

  • Ofsted Registered
  • Team Membership with Southwark Early Years
  • Infant, Toddler, and Nursery Programs
  • Holiday Club
  • After-School /Wrap Around Care
  • Enriched Thematic-Based Curriculum
  • Individual Attention
  • Specialist Meals and Snacks
  • Excellent Outdoor Facilities
  • Computers
  • Music and Movement Special Times
  • Year-Round Care
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Learning Through Play


How do we assess the development of your child?

Throughout the nursery, we use the same assessment system for all children. As children grow and develop, they are assessed at an age-appropriate level from the EYFS. Each child is assessed in the Prime Areas and Specific Areas, and staff assess their key children twice every term. Parents and carers can arrange parent consultations with their child’s key person to discuss their development and what their next steps will be. If you’d like more information on how we assess your child, please see the link below.

‘What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a guide for parents’  –  Please read the full document here – Parents Guide 

  • Excel Child Care Services works to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design