Learning and development

At Tiny Toes we understand that all children have different learning styles and learn best in different ways, that’s why we plan for each child as an individual not as a group. Linking our children’s interest to the early years foundation stage and the characteristics of effective learning we aim to give children the very best start in life building the foundation to future learning and development.

The curriculum we follow is the Early years foundation stage, this curriculum focuses on a child’s personal, social, emotional development, their communication and language and physical development whilst also focusing on mathematics, literacy, expressive arts and design and understanding the world.

A stimulating environment

We aim to ensure that each child:

  • Is in a safe and stimulating environment
  • Is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children
  • Has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together
  • Is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do
  • Has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress
  • Is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop
  • Is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.



We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations, as well as from photographs or videos of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and we will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting development.

We use Tapestry at Tiny Toes, this is an online learning journal where parents can log in at their convenience and get a real insight into their journey at nursery.

The practitioners at Tiny Toes add pictures and observations and link it into the EYFS which enables parents to understand their child’s development. When your child goes onto school the learning journal will be down loaded for your child to keep. We make assessment summaries of children’s achievement based on our on-going development records. These form part of children’s records of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals, as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves into a different group or when they go on to school.

The progress check at age two

The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short-written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development – personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language – when a child is aged between 24 – 36 months. Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the check using information from on-going observational assessments carried out as part of our everyday practice, taking account of the views and contributions of parents and other professionals.

Learning through Play

Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking.

This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance and education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves and activities planned and led by practitioners.

Characteristics of effective learning

We understand that all children engage with other people and their environment through the characteristics of effective learning that are described in the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • playing and exploring
  • engagement
  • active learning
  • motivation
  • creating and thinking
  • critically thinking

We aim to provide for the characteristics of effective learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.



Find Us

The Annexe Freemasons Hall, Knole Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4DH

Contact Us

phone 01202376956      email [email protected]