Duke Street Nursery School

"Every Second Counts"


The first five years of your child's life is such a valuable and important time for brain development and the future development of your child.

This is a very exciting time for you and your child as they begin to learn and make sense of the world around them. During this time your child needs lots of experiences which are fun, happy, active and challenging. At Duke Street Nursery School we have a very strong emphasis on kindling a lifelong love of learning. We teach our children the words ‘determined’, ‘resilient’ and ‘independent’ as we encourage them to take risks and follow their own creative minds.

All nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders who are registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This supports all professionals and ensures that your child receives a high quality early education.

At Duke Street Nursery School we encourage the children to ‘learn through play’ as they explore our beautiful and natural learning environment. Family workers follow the interests of your child to ensure a personalised approach which motivates and captures their attention. Since September 2016, we have developed our ‘in the moment’ planning approach, where our skillful and experienced practitioner’s follow your child’s lead and interact with them as they play, constantly ‘teaching’ them and further developing their ideas.


The Foundation Stage Curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:


Prime Areas

1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

2. Physical Development

3. Communication and Language


The specific areas are:

4. Literacy

5. Mathematics

6. Understanding The World

7. Expressive Arts and Design


We base out curriculum around two documents, please click the relevant links below for more information about each document.

Development Matters 2021                                                          Birth to Five Matters 2021