How we look after and develop your child

Your child will be following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) during their time at Propps Hall Day Care. The principles of the EYFS are divided into four themes:-
1. A unique child- every child is a competent learner from birth who can be relilient, capable, confident and self assured.
2. Positive relationships- children learn to be strong and independent from a base of  loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
3. Enabling environments- the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
4. Learning and development- children develop and learn in different ways and at different times; all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter connected.
There are then six areas of learning that your child's key worker will plan for in order for your child to learn and develop:-
1. Creative development;
2. Physical development;
3. Personal, social and emotional development;
4. Communication, language and literacy;
5. Knowledge and understanding of the world;
6. Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.

For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage you can download full guidance at

The key person approach

You will often hear the phrase "key person" or "key worker" in the nursery. Whilst children are looked after in groups it is important that we meet the individual needs of your child and ensure your child has the opportunity to bond with a "special person" at nursery. It is also important that you have a specific person whom you get to know and are comfortable to share information with. Each child is assigned a key person at the settling in stage. It is their role to share information with you about your child and to ensure that your child's individual needs are being met. They observe your child in order to be able to plan for your child's learning and development and to make assessments on their progress. To accomodate holidays and shift patterns we use a secondary key worker system which allows someone to be nominated to take on this role in the absence of the key person. If you are not aware of who your child's key person is please ask the staff in your child's base room or look for the key person information on the rooms parent notice board.

Can I choose my child's key person?

It is important that key person duties are spread amongst the team in each room, however we are happy for you to speak to the Manager if you have a particular request regarding who your child's key person will be. In addition, during your child's first visits, if they show a particular attachment to a member of staff then they can be allocated as the key person, so effectively your child can make their own choice.

How do you plan for my child's learning?

Our staff members are trained to plan for children's individual learning needs. Staff will observe their key children and identify strengths, development needs and interests and build on these through weekly plans. We encourage you to contribute to these plans by completing Parent Voice sheets and feedback with your key person. Your child's key person can use these to identify areas of learning, and use this information to extend your child's learning at nursery. Short term plans for the children are on display in each room. If you are interested in knowing more about the way in which we plan for your child's learning please make an appointment with a member of the management team.

How do you assess my child's learning?

Your child's key person is responsible for completing a personal learning journey. This is an assessment of your child's progress and allows staff to record acheivements against the six areas of learning outlined under the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This also helps staff to understand how your child needs to be supported and enables them to share information with you about your child's progress. Your child;s learning journey is available for you to view at any time. The learning journey can be taken home from the nursery but this must be arranged with your child's key person.