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Section Four: The Nursery Curriculum:

Our aims:

In line with Curriculum for Excellence, children staff seek to:

In line with Curriculum for Excellence, children staff seek to:

  • develop self-esteem in every child
  • help each child to develop the attitudes, skills and understanding which are       necessary to promote effective learning.
  • foster achievement.
  • encourage the development of positive, caring attitudes to others.


How we promote learning:

Much of the learning and teaching in early years is done through play. A well planned Nursery can offer children many opportunities to play alone or with others. Playing with others develops language and social skills, and groups offer children the opportunities to share ideas, offer opinions and explanations and talk things over with others.


What we do:

Activities and experiences cannot be separated into specific curricular areas as they all overlap, but these are broad bands covered in a full Nursery programme.

  • Emotional, personal and social development
  • Communication and language
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Expressive and aesthetic development
  • Physical development and movement

Each of these main areas are broken down in guidelines set by the Scottish Office and Falkirk Council, and are used as a basis when planning the curriculum for the children. The curriculum is carried out through a theme that the child participates in. The theme and details of which areas of the Curriculum that are being focused on are displayed on the notice board in the entrance to help parents/guardians to become involved with their child’s education if they so wish.

Although the children will be learning throughout the day from the many activities that are available in the room with the guidance of staff, they will also be involved each day in a structured group time where specific areas of the curriculum will be focused on e.g. news, Big Little Maths, Active Literacy, colour, shape, etc.

The nursery class provides a range of activities to meet each individual child’s needs. It is set up in such a way as to develop a different range of skills during free play. These skills are:

  •  Listening
  •  Language
  • Communication
  • Social Skills
  • Physical Development
  • Manipulative (Large and Small)
  • Imaginative
  • Construction
  • Cutting
  • Pencil Grip
  • Use of books
  • Puzzles


This is an ongoing process and assessment takes place all the time. This is normally done at early stages throughout observation, discussion, development of drawings and close monitoring of progression in different areas of the curriculum.

It may be done formally or informally, and is essential so that the child can be engaged in activities which are appropriate to their development.



During the child’s time in Nursery a Learning Journey of their development and achievements is built up. This is with P1 teachers and opportunities are available for parents to discuss this, on a one to one basis, with the child’s key worker.


Supporting children with difficulties:

Every child may experience difficulties in certain areas at sometime e.g.


  • Physical disability.
  • Learning impairment.
  • Language problem.
  • Children whose main language is not English.
  • Emotional/behavioural difficulties.

Nursery staff may have to provide more structured programmes with greater support than would normally be necessary, but wherever possible all children will have access to the broad range of activities experienced in the Nursery.

If necessary expertise from outside agencies e.g. – Medical Services, Speech Therapist, Psychological Services will be sought to ensure that an appropriate programme is offered.


Working together to support learning:

Parents and Nursery staff must work together to make Nursery an enjoyable and rewarding experience for your child.

Parents are welcome to help in the Nursery and on outings. Staff meet parents or carers daily and are always available to discuss any concerns you may have.