Educational goals

At Sunrise, we recognise that parents are the primary educators and that by sharing the extensive knowledge you have of your child, will be able to plan and provide on-going rich experiences and opportunities within the setting and at home. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

We recognise that children learn at their own pace, react and develop in different ways and with this in mind the day is varied and flexible.

The curriculum is based on the Department for Education’s Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation (2012).  It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care and one that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

We offer a broad range of activities/areas through which young children can develop skills, concept and attitudes; these include:

  • Sand/water play
  • Book area
  • Creative play
  • Construction
  • Role play
  • Physical play
  • Mathematics and number
  • Exploring and investigating
  • Mark making
  • Musi
  • Small world; and
  • ICT and technology


Observations and developmental progress are recorded in a ‘Learning Journey’ which creates a record of the child’s time spent within the setting.  We encourage parents to enhance this with photographs and information about their child’s achievements and experiences outside of the nursery.   The ‘Learning Journey’ belongs to you and your child and can be shared if the child moves on or when they start school.

Each term we offer parents the opportunity to attend our ‘Parents Evening’ in order to meet with your child’s key person. This is a chance for parents to have a look around the nursery at the activities that the children have experienced and taken part in as well as celebrating their child’s development and achievements. We provide the opportunity for parents to have a ‘fly on the wall’ look at their children’s activities through photographs taken during the term.

For advice on how you can help your child in positive ways and how to support them in their education; go to TOP MARKS. The articles have an emphasis on encouragement and show how learning activities can be fun.


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