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Quality Childcare


The Little Cubs EYFS nursery is designed to suit the needs of young children;


* With large multi-purpose play and activity areas 

* Fun, creative and colourful designs

* Modern quality indoor equipment

* A large variety of age appropriate toys

* Secure access systems throughout, with CCTV

* Stimulating features, sensory play areas, water features, sandpits, playhouse and other equipment to provide stimulating play opportunities 


Can Cubs combines care with education by following the appropriate curriculum and safety guidelines. Can Cubs believe that learning should be stimulating for young children, so play times are educational as well as fun.  We are continuously developing new and exciting ways of encouraging child development in a safe and stimulating environment. Childcare initiatives have been developed by our Childcare and Curriculum team inline with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Foundation Phase, Birth to three, CFE, Pre-Birth to Three and National Care Standards, helping to improve key skills at every level.


Our nurseries also offer a range of extra curricular activities, which includes the popular Little Cubs sessions.


Play equipment


A range of play equipment is available to help children develop an array of skills, and great care is taken to choose materials that will create an inspiring sensory experience. As well as toys, we use;


* Real life props, such as brushes and gardening tools

* Small-world toys to help build a child's imagination and language skills

* Construction play such as building blocks, to help children develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem solving

* Physical play equipment such as climbing frames, slides, tricycles, balancing beams and tunnels to encourage physical activity

* Creative play to build a child’s imagination, creativity and co-ordination

* Supporting social interaction, including role play, den making, and small group activities


Key people


A friendly atmosphere is created within our nursery environments, based on warm and caring relationships between our nursery staff and the children in their care. Children are encouraged to communicate, and their attempts at conversation are valued to ensure they receive an affirming experience, encouraging development, confidence and security. Our nursery staff all act as role models within the setting, and recognise that children lead by example and are constantly learning through observation. Common courtesy, mutual respect and patience are demonstrated at all times throughout our settings.


Your child is allocated a 'Key Person' within their group, who is responsible for your child's well being, ensuring your child feels individual, secure and cherished while they are away from home. Your child’s Key Person will liaise with you at the end of each day (via Kinderly), keeping you informed of your child’s experiences at nursery and ensuring you don’t have to miss out on any aspect of your child's day.


Our staff carry out regular observations of every child in our care, ensuring your child’s learning and development incorporates their interests and needs. These observations cover all areas of learning according to the framework, as well as records of special moments, like kindness towards others or eating something for the first time, and spontaneous moments, which captures your child’s response to certain activities or events as they happen. All of your child's experiences at nursery are recorded in their unique Learning Journal, enabling you to look over your child’s time at nursery for years to come.



Working in partnership with parents is paramount to children's learning and development, Can Cubs prides itself on the collaborative approach between parent and setting on the child's learning and development.


Each child will be allocated a member of staff known to the parent and child as your child's 'Key Person' they will have knowledge and understanding on how children learn and develop and will have the unique understanding of what your child's currents interests and needs are.


The relationship between the 'Key Person', child and parent will begin on day one of your child attending the setting. In order to build an attachment between your child and the Key Person it is important your child recognises your acceptance of the Key Person which will lead your child into having secure confidence with their relationship with the Key Person.


We recognise that the parent is the child's first educator, it is the parent who will know their child best and we will work in partnership with the parent to ensure we have all current information needed to settle and build upon your child's learning and development. The Key Person will effectively share information with parents in order for your child's needs to be understood and therefore met.


A child's time at Can Cubs should be a memorable journey not just for them but for parents too. The Key Person will capture all of your child's learning and talking about your child's learning may happen informally at the beginning or end of the day when you drop off or collect your child from nursery. Engaging in a conversation with your child's Key Person can often produce useful information about new interests or experiences that can be used to plan exciting and challenging learning opportunities at nursery and further create activity ideas that can be shared with parents to do at home.


We recognise at Can Cubs how busy parents are and it may not be possible to engage in a daily conversation with your child's Key Person but at Can Cubs there are tools to support a regular two way flow of communication such as through diaries, newsletters, texts and emails. Parents' evenings and meetings take place regularly and provide opportunities for key persons to share observations, assessments and planning with parents and to be able to listen and respond to any thoughts or questions you may have.


Development from home and nursery in a Can Cubs Learning Journal; this will be yours to keep when your child leaves us.



EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

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Purpose of the Early Years Foundation Stage


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a play-based curriculum for children from birth to five years, which allows children to explore and learn in an environment that is secure and safe, yet challenging. Play opportunities are non-stereotypical and available to all children promoting the teaching and learning from a skilled workforce. 


Within the EYFS Framework practitioners provide activities and make assessment judgements based on the seven areas of learning: 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas. 




Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development






Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Research into early child development shows that children learn more rapidly during their first three years than in later life; whilst all areas of learning are important and inter-connected, the three Prime areas that are crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn and form relationships and thrive. The specific areas will enable them to be self-motivated learners who are confident to succeed.


Communication and Language


Involves children being provided with the opportunity to experience a language rich environment; develop confidence in expressing their wants, needs and feelings and being able to speak and listen in a variety of contexts.


Physical Development


Involves children being encouraged to be interactive and active in their learning and develop control, coordination and movement. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Involves supporting children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves, and of others; form strong attachments and relationships and develop respect for others to develop their social skills and learn how to effectively manage their feelings. This area also supports the children in understanding appropriate behaviour and develops confidence in their own abilities.




Encourages children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.




Encourages opportunities to develop and improve counting skills, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, space and measures.


Understanding the World


Involves supporting children in making sense of the world around them and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.


Expressive Arts and Design


Enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as encouraging the sharing of thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.



When planning and guiding activities practitioners will reflect upon the different ways that children learn and ensure they utilise this within their practice. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are: 



Playing and Exploring


Supports children's engagement and investigation and to experience things through being willing to 'have a go’



Active Learning


Supports children's motivation to learn by helping develop their concentration, ability and will to keep trying when challenges occur and celebration of completing a task.



Creating and Thinking Critically


Supports children's thinking skills through developing ideas, making links between differing ideas and create strategies for completing a task.



The EYFS emphasises that parents are a child's primary educator and therefore encourages parents to contribute to their child's learning. 



Learning Reports


We work with Kinderly in bringing you comprehensive reports regarding your child's development straight to your email or a parent portal log in. We will provide you daily reports and a fortnightly observation.

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