Learning through play

Play helps young children to learn and develop through playing  and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think.  Our setting uses the practice guidance Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a statutory legal framework 

The EYFS is a document for us, as early years providers, to help us support your child’s learning and development from birth to five years old. It is a statutory requirement that all providers of education and care for 0-5 year olds must follow.

A full copy of the EYFS is available for parents to view on this website

Who makes sure that registered early years providers are following the EYFS?

All registered early years providers are inspected to make sure they meet the legal requirements of the EYFS. This is normally done by Ofsted. Surrey County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service offer support and information to early years providers too.

How will you keep my child safe?

The EYFS includes safeguarding and welfare statutory requirements that explain what we must do to keep your child safe. We must regularly update our policies and procedures in line with these requirements. For example:

  • We must keep to staff to child ratio requirements.

  • We must make sure that our staff are suitable.

  • We must make sure our premises are secure and the equipment is safe for your child to use. 

  • We must be accessing training and providing supervision for all staff to make sure that they fully understand their roles and responsibilities.

  • We must keep full records of how to keep and give medicines and who is trained to do this.

  • We must have strict data protection and a system to protect confidential information.



How else does the EYFS support my child?

The EYFS also sets out what we, as an early years provider, must do to make sure that your child learns and develops. It promotes teaching and learning through play to make sure all children have the skills for future life. We must make sure that all staff are fully aware of what they have to do, to make sure your child’s individual needs are met through the EYFS.



Who will make sure my child’s learning and care is tailored to them?

Your child will be assigned a key person when they start at our setting. You will be told the name of the key person and their role. The key person is there to make sure that your child’s learning and care is tailored to meet their individual needs, through discussion with you. They will also support you in giving you ideas on what learning you can do at home with your child.


What will you be doing with my child?

We must think about the individual needs, interests and stages of development of each child in our care. Through care and play we will support learning in the following three prime areas, 


Personal, social and emotional development:

  • making relationships

  • self-confidence and self-awareness

  • managing feelings and behaviour.


Physical development:

  • moving and handling

  • health and self-care.


Communication and language:

  • listening and attention

  • understanding

  • speaking.


​As well as the three prime areas, we will also plan activities in the following areas of learning and development, known as specific areas.



  • reading

  • writing.


  • numbers

  • shape, space and measure.

Understanding the world:

  • people and communities

  • the world

  • technology.

Expressive arts and design:

  • exploring and using media and material

  • being imaginative.

Key Person system

Ready Teddy Go Nursery has a key person system in place to enable us to get to know your child individually. Each member of staff is a key person, who has responsibility for a small group of children. Your child will be allocated one special adult whom they can relate to, which can make settling into the group much easier.  The key person will also keep records of your child’s progress, Tapestry on line learning Journey file * 

Your child’s key person will be waiting in the main hall at nursery, when your child arrives each day.  Once you have helped your child to find their coat peg, they can go to their key person and post their name card on the group’s registration board.

All members of staff will care for all children in the nursery.  We believe this is important so that if your key person is absent, the children will still feel comfortable with another member of staff. Parents may discuss their child’s progress or any other issues with their child’s key person at the beginning or end of the session. 

If a parent wishes to talk to their child’s key person in private, there is a small room that can be made available for parent/teacher discussions. The Manager, Cara Golding, is always available should you wish to discuss any issues. 


*Tapestry – Our on line learning Journey file

At Ready, Teddy Go Nursery, your child’s Key Person will put together information about how your child is doing in an online learning journey called ‘Tapestry’.  


This learning file will be used to reflect your child’s time at our nursery. It will include observations of your child at play, photographs and other information. The file will therefore capture your child’s own personal story, based on their own individual starting point, interests and experiences. We hope that you will also be able to contribute information to this file; perhaps by including some information and photographs which show what your child enjoys doing at home or commenting on observations made by us. This information will help us to ensure that the care, learning and development opportunities we offer your child compliment those you already offer.


You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Tapestry. Parents can only see their own child’s information and are unable to log in to view other children’s learning Tapestries. You can access your child’s Tapestry on computer, mobile phone or tablet and will be given information about access and a password when your child starts at Ready Teddy Go!

To find out more visit the website

Chatter Books

Another way to include you as parents in what we do at nursery is for  every child have a scrapbook in which they can collect special drawings, paintings, writing or collages that they have created at nursery.  We also encourage parents to take these home and to talk to their children about what they have been doing at nursery, hence the new name ‘Chatter Books’. We also ask families to stick in photographs from home showing family members, friends or places they have visited.  This helps us to develop close relationships with our nursery families and provides a language activity,  that parents and children can do at home.


In accordance with Ofsted requirements, children’s development and progress is monitored through observation and record keeping. At our last Ofsted inspection in April 2016 we received the rating of outstanding in the area of the children’s personal development, behaviour and welfare and good in the other three areas giving us an overall rating of Good. You can read the whole report by going to the OFSTED website and searching for Epsom Methodist Nursery:


Special Educational Needs

As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001). Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Mason.