“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture”
Loris Malaguzzi

Hillfields Nursery School’s Curriculum Intent

We begin by assessing all children’s starting points using our Assessment of Play (APL) and Learning. This supports us to know where each child is in their developmental learning so that we can use our Opportunities and Provocations curriculum to develop each child’s learning and achievements.

  • Engage and challenge our children
  • Offer opportunities and provocations
  • Be flexible and dynamic to support individual learning journeys

To support our delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we have a clear, ambitious curriculum planned, This offers opportunities and provocation to support every child to learn. We spend time ensuring we know children’s previous experiences and what their interests are so we are able to build successfully on the knowledge and skills they bring.

We believe this is right for our children as they have a safe, well presented, stimulating environment indoors and outdoors. The children are supported by staff to be happy, secure and safe within the nursery school so that they are motivated and ready to learn, through a play based curriculum. The educators are there to teach skills and knowledge and then to facilitate the children’s exploration.

Our Opportunities and Provocation curriculum is in place to support our children at the early stages of their learning. Alongside our children this is developed each week through our dynamic planning as we observe and discover what our children need. We do this to make sure our children have the best early learning experience and ensure they have a love of learning and a firm foundation on which to build throughout their life and education.

Opportunities & Provocation Curriculum 2s
Opportunities & Provocation Curriculum 3s

We are currently updating our Opportunities and Provocation curriculum for our 3s. Below is the update. Please note it is not the finalised document.

Orchard Medium Term Plan Core books and links

APL Hillfields Assessment of Play and Learning
Parents what to expect when in the EYFS

Settling In

Each child has an identified Key Person, who, along with the learning group leader will support you and your child through the settling process, and throughout their time in Meadow.  Having a strong relationship with a key adult who is able to develop knowledge of your child’s prior experiences, interests and skills, will support your child to confidently access the environment.


Children are entitled to 15 hours of nursery provision. However, when they first start nursery the sessions will be shortened to enable children to build relationships, and get to know the environment.  The session times will be increased to meet the needs of the child.  In the long term, this will support your child to enjoy their time at nursery. 

Settling Booklet for parents

Early Years Foundation Stage at Hillfields Nursery School

Early Years foundation Stage is from birth to 5 years. At Hillfields Nursery School we have Nursery 1 class (2-3 year olds) and Nursery 2 class (3-4 year olds)

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning

Children will develop the prime areas first
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social and Emotional Development

A good foundation win the prime areas will then support the children to acquire the skills in the specific areas
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

These 7 areas of learning are used to plan your child’s learning. The staff will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking. Opportunities for these characteristics of learning take place both indoors and outdoors.

Opportunities & Provocation Curriculum 2s
Opportunities & Provocation Curriculum 3s

To support Communication and Language and Literacy we will be following Monster Phonics Foundation Programme Phase 1 (from January 2023) and begin to look at phonemes and graphemes as an introduction in the preschool year using Jolly Phonics Jingles, for those who are ready.


For more information on the EYFS please click here

Protective Behaviours

As part of our Safeguarding we use Protective Behaviours which works so well in Early Years. We talk about keeping our bodies and ourselves safe.
We are very clear that we name all body parts accurately.