The Early Years Foundation Stage

We are working towards the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with all children in the Nursery. This has recently been redeveloped and took full effect from September 2012. The EYFS helps us to build the foundations of children’s learning. With the guidance set out by the government we will ensure that we provide every child with an environment in which they can thrive. The EYFS has 4 themes which are:

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning:

• Playing and Exploring
• Active Learning
• Creating and Thinking Critically

The Areas of Learning and Development are then divided into 7 areas, with 3 prime areas which are the key to children’s further development these are:

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

And there are 4 more specific areas which will develop once a child has developed the skills needed from the prime areas these are:

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

It is especially important to us that you as a parent or carer feel involved whilst your child is with us at Nursery and we encourage parents to tell us about exciting things that you are doing or holidays that you are going on so that we can share the excitement with your child.

Your child will be assigned a Key Person who will build a caring and strong relationship with your child. We also operate a key buddy system. Please speak to your key person for further information about this. You can click here to view the official guide to EYFS which is supported by the department of education.

Our Nursery uses the aspects from each area of development in the EYFS to help us to track each child’s progress and enable us to provide the right activities to help all of the children to achieve, progress and reach their full potential. The aspects for each areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour.

Communication and Language.

Listening and attention, understanding, speaking

Physical Development.

Moving and handling. Health and self-care.


Reading (enjoying books from an early age).
Writing (learning to make marks of their own).


Shape, space and measure. Numbers.

Understanding the World.

Technology. The World. People and communities.

Expressive Arts and Design.

Media and materials. Being imaginative.

Berkeley Gardens Day Nursery is the second Nursery to follow from Forbury Gardens. It opened in July 2011, and is located in Reading. We received a 5 star rating from Reading Borough Council for food safety and a silver award from Chiltern Training Ltd for continuous support for our staff training towards their Diplomas in Professional Childcare.
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We will provide a high standard of healthy meals using quality ingredients. Your child will receive a two-course lunch and snacks which are prepared by our cook using fresh ingredients.
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The health and safety of all the children are of fundamental importance. We aim to provide a secure and pleasant environment for everyone. We practice a whole range of safety policies and procedures. Your child is allocated a ‘Key Person’ within their room, who is responsible for your child’s well being, ensuring your child feels individual, secure and cherished while they are away from home.
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