Little Explorers follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum encourages children to think, reason, question, experiment and explore, each child will have a  Key Worker as we believe that warm, nurturing relationships are fundamental to meeting the young child’s needs for love, security, recognition and encouragement.


Examples of Curriculum activities in which we encourage all Little Explorers children to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, Every Child Matters


“A child loves play, not because it’s easy, but because its hard”

Benjamin Spock – Paediatrician


Item Activities
Personal Social and Emotional

All activities within an anti discriminatory context, Role-play, Conversations, outings, meal times,

display work, festivals, animal care, story telling, theme work, talking books, baking, jigsaws, group discussions,

problem solving activities, group activities, one to one interaction, free expression, responsibilities, circle time, self help activities, praise, routines.

Communication and


Story telling, role-play, conversations, board games, puppets, small world, computer, rhymes, singing, recognition cards,

water and sand play, peer interaction, jolly phonics, group activities, outdoor play, theme work, one to one interaction, music and movement,

circle time, questioning, mark making, free expression, construction activities, creative activities.


Baking, sand and water play, drawing, construction activities, dominoes, lotto games, computer, rhymes, recognition cards,

counting, sorting activities, group games, outdoor play, soft foam shapes, shape sorters, jigsaws, theme work, treasure baskets, circle time, small world,

free expression, meal times, cutting, toileting, questioning, one to one opportunities, display work, sharing, exploration of environment, measuring, books.

Understanding of the world

Recycling, looking at plants, insects &

wildlife, environmental activities, weather activities,

modelling, science experiments, theme work, festivals &

celebrations, map reading, computer, life cycles, pet care,

outings, outdoor play, sensory activities, French lessons,

food tasting, music lessons, outside play, treasure baskets,

role-play, ourselves, books, library visits, treasure

baskets, questioning, explore close environment, ICT

equipment, construction.

Physical Development

Ball games, construction activities, movement & music, outdoor play, indoor physical activities, cutting activities, apparatus, role-play, water & sand play, threading, group games, exercise, meal times, routines, action & finger rhymes, bikes & push along toys, bats & balls, parachute play, Swimming, quiet periods, malleable activities, books, small world, responsibilities.
Expressive arts and design

Colour mixing, painting, collaging, cutting, crayoning, drawing, junk modelling, music & dance, role-play, free expression, printing, mark making, chalking, water & sand play, baking, puppet making, craft activities, theme work, festivals & celebrations, instruments, papier mache, pre-writing, still life drawing, sensory activities, photography, cultural sounds.



Pens, pencils, rubbers, felt tips, chalking, crayons, books, signs, French, recognition cards, story time, display work, jigsaws, sponge painting, bubble printing, stamps and ink pads, computer, magazines.




The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

The revised, simpler framework for the EYFS was published on 27 March 2012, for implementation from 1 September 2012

Please see below for downloads. Further information can be found on the Foundation Years website