All children attending Rydale Children’s Nursery will have access to a rich and varied curriculum, adapted to their ages and stages of development. This will be based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and informed by children’s interests and learning styles.

We welcome parents/carers involvement in our activities and learning, and on occasions, we will ask for things to be brought in from home, or we will send things home with your child to extend their learning opportunities, for example.

The principles which guide the work of our early year’s practitioners and shape our practice centre on the belief that:

  • every child is a unique child, who is consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/careers; and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. 


Activities and Learning at Rydale Children's Nursery

Activities and Learning at Rydale Children’s Nursery

The areas of learning and development that we follow and plan for are:

3 prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


At Rydale we understand that parents/careers know their child best, and we aim to work in partnership with you so that children can receive continuity of care and support in all areas of development or learning. We aim to talk to parents/careers at the beginning and at the end of their child’s day to share information and keep each other up-to-date with your child’s development. Information on your child’s day will be given, either in diary form. This will tell you about your child’s day at nursery, and the main activities and learning opportunities that have taken place. In addition to this, each child will have observations written about them by the child’s key person so we can be sure that each child’s individual needs are being met.

Developmental records, examples of work and photos will be kept in each child’s learning journey which parents/careers are welcome to view at any time. We also display children’s work around the setting as well as on our Facebook page. We encourage parents to look and give us feedback, either directly to staff, by commenting on Facebook, or contact us via email.

All toys, equipment and resources in the nursery are age appropriate and offer a range of specific learning experiences, and provide children with a positive outlook on diversity. All toys and equipment are regularly checked for breakages and discarded safely.  The room layout is adapted for different ages and abilities and as much as it is possible to provide children with a choice of activities.  Toys and equipment will be marked with pictures and words so that children can make an informed choice of the activity they wish to do.

Daily/weekly activities

Our emphasis is ‘fun and learning through play’ with well-planned activities and sensitive adult intervention according to each child’s developmental needs, interests and learning styles. We have a wide range of activities on offer including, music and movement, small world play, sand and water, creative and sensory play, creative and messy play, painting, role play, news time, story time, gardening, cooking, singing, I.T.C. construction, and outdoor exploration.


During registration, you are asked to complete a form to consent to your child being taken off the nursery premises for an organised outing. Strict procedures are considered when organising any outing including:

  • First Aid kit
  • Mobile phone and list of contact numbers
  • High ratios (1:2 for under 2’s 1:3 for over 2’s)
  • Pushchairs and walking reins as appropriate
  • Risk Assessments carried out
  • Supplementary items dependent on group and outing
Rydale Children's Nursery outside play area