Learning and development

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At Brambly Hedge Day Nursery in Castleford we operate within the government’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a quality framework to support children’s learning and development from birth to five years (end of child’s reception year).

The framework provides information and guidance about childcare and safety and how all concerned can work together to ensure that children achieve and make progress during their earliest years of life.



nurseries PontefractThe EYFS seeks to provide:-

  • Quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;
  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
  • Partnership working between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.





The EYFS is underpinned by four themes

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  • - A Unique Child (children are all different and their learning needs and styles are unique too.) The Unique Child relates to all the areas of learning through the Characteristics of Effective Learning (Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and Thinking Critically)
  • - Positive Relationships (children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships)
  • - Enabling Environments (children learn and develop best in enabling environments)
  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.
  • - Learning and Development (children develop and learn in different ways and at Brambly Hedge we teach children by providing challenging, playful opportunities across the seven prime and specific areas of learning and development).



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The Prime areas

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

The Specific Areas

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

Brambly Hedge Day Nursery Castleford is near Methley, Normanton and Pontefract. The nursery is within easy reach of the M1 and Junction 31 of the M62 (5 minutes away) and A1 networks. The day nursery has a large, safe parking area which provides ample parking spaces for all parents and visitors.