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A high quality nursery is about much more than colours and shapes, numbers and letters and eye catching displays. It’s about learning to be independent confident, strong and curious. It’s about developing children’s natural joy and wonder at the world they live in. It’s about having a positive attitude, forming positive relationships and believing in yourself. If children can learn to ‘have a go’, learn from mistakes and try again, they will succeed in their future learning. This is our ethos at the Alphabet House Nursery school and we try to imbibe this in every child who passes through our every setting.


Young children learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating – in other words – playing. Play is children’s work and playing hard is very tiring! A happy child is a playful child.

Children's Play

childrens play

Why are the years from birth to five so special?

Children aged from birth to five see the greatest growth, learning and development.


• Good health

• To be happy

• To feel safe

• To be successful


Early learning is the key to your child’s future and families make the greatest difference at this stage.

What can parents and carers do?

Parents and carers are their children’s first teachers. When they are with you learning can happen at any time and anywhere, for example through:


• Being generous with praise and cuddles

• Reading things together

• Playing games, singing nursery rhymes

• Talking about what you can see in the park or on the street

• Counting the stairs as you go up and down

The key person

At the Alphabet House Nursery Schools each child is designated a key worker.


  • The key person is a named member of staff who has responsibility and more contact for a small group of key children.

  • A key person is a point of contact and builds secure relationships with the child and their families.

  • The key person works closely with the parents during their child’s settling in period, so that the child becomes familiar with the room and feels safe and secure when their parents say goodbye.

  • The key person learns how to care for children’s routines, toileting, dressing, eating, resting or sleeping. So that they are personal to each child and work with parents to observe, plan and record their child’s individual care, learning and development.

EYFS Framework birth to five