Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. 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.

YSN’s carefully crafted program is based on the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as well as the creative curriculum. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

To see our structured learning activities for each age group click here

The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The learning and development requirements cover:

  • the areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings;
  • the early learning goals that providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five); and
  • assessment arrangements for measuring progress. – (At YSN we give an assessment to measure progress at the end of each term.)

The areas of learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These prime areas, are:
  • communication and language;
  • physical development;
  • personal, social and emotional development;
  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world; and
  • expressive arts and design.
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

 

At Yellow Submarine Nursery we have extensively qualified and caring teachers who host circle time every day which is a time where all the children can sit close together and either listen to a story, directions for an activity, ask questions, or just talk!

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Our outdoor play area at Yellow Submarine Nursery has a bridge for balance, stairs for motor skills, slide and swing for coordination, a carousel, and a multipurpose area where we can create an obstacle course, play football, or just have a picnic!

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Personal , social and emotional development is learnt throughout the nursery. In all areas children are encouraged to express themselves in order to build their self esteem, gain confidence, and interact with other children.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Our wide range of  books, worksheets, materials enable children to get the utmost academically.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Our program at YSN revolves around themes. There is a new theme every 2 weeks such as ‘discovering me’, ‘seasons’, ‘farm animals’ ‘feelings’ and more.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Our little artists section allows children to explore and experiment with different textures, densities, and materials enabling them to express themselves in various ways other than verbal communication. Also our little rockstars classroom enables children to be exposed to various sounds, beats, instruments etc.

In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

  • playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


In our little dreamers area, including the imagination room, the theatre and messy area, your child can be whoever they want to be! This form of pretend play is more than just entertaining; it promotes social skills, encourages intellectual aptitude, develops language and communication skills, supports emotional development, and even builds self-confidence.

Specific Curriculum

Our specific curriculum includes the following

Babies
(4 months - 12 months)

4 months - 12 months
  • role-playing
  • sensory
  • singing, dancing, mimicking
  • motor skills
  • story telling
  • stacking
  • classical music
  • baby massage
  • social and emotional growth
  • creative expression
  • movement

Tiny tots/nursery
(12 months –2 years)

12 months –2 years
  • role-playing
  • dramatic play
  • singing, dancing, mimicking
  • matching and classifying
  • grouping objects
  • use of fine motor skills- playdough
  • circle time and storying telling
  • sand play
  • puzzles
  • sorting
  • block building

Toddlers
(2 years - 2.5 years)

2 years - 2.5 years
  • role-playing
  • dramatic play
  • singing, dancing, mimicking
  • matching and classifying
  • grouping objects
  • use of fine motor skills- playdough
  • circle time and storying telling
  • sand play
  • puzzles
  • sorting
  • block building

Pre-School
(2.5 years - 3 years)

2.5 years - 3 years
  • role-playing
  • dramatic play
  • singing, dancing, mimicking
  • beginning to cut, paste
  • matching and classifying
  • grouping objects
  • intro to size and weights
  • use of fine motor skills- playdough
  • circle time and storying telling
  • sand play
  • planting
  • puzzles
  • science activities
  • number recognition and counting
  • sorting
  • block building

Pre-K
(3 years - 4 years)

3 years - 4 years
  • role-playing
  • dramatic play
  • singing, dancing, mimicking
  • beginning to cut, paste
  • matching and classifying
  • grouping objects
  • intro to size and weights
  • use of fine motor skills- playdough
  • circle time and storying telling
  • sand play
  • planting
  • puzzles
  • science activities
  • drawing
  • number recognition and counting
  • sorting
  • block building
  • photography & film
  • letter recognition