Learning and Curriculum 

At J & S Playhouse, we pride ourselves on delivering a high level of Early Years Childcare and Education to all our children. Our childcare environment focuses on encouraging children's independence and choice, to support their learning. We encourage exploration, investigation and fun through freedom of choice, child centered activities and adult support and interaction. We also ensure that childcare activities and resources aid children in achieving the seven Early Learning Goals listed below.


Physical Development

Physical development is about improving skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. Physical development helps children to gain confidence in what they can do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. Effective physical development helps children develop a positive sense of well-being.

Understanding the World 

In this area children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world, and who they are.This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography and information and communication technology.

Expressive Arts and Design 

Expressive arts and design is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance, role play, and imaginative play.


The development of literacy skills in the Early Years involves encouragement of children’s communication skills. Children can express themselves and communicate through a variety of ways including verbal communication and non-verbal communication.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Successful PSED is critical for all young children in all aspects of their lives, in order to give them the best opportunity for success in the other areas of learning.

We want all our children to be valued members of the nursery and the wider community and to develop a strong self-image and positive self-esteem.

Communication and Language Development

Children are learning communication skills every day in every situation. They learn new words, and the difficult skill of taking turns in conversation by watching and listening to the people around them.

Before a child can begin to read and write, they need many other skills in place first. They need to develop good hand eye co-ordination.


Mathematical development depends on the children becoming confident and competent in learning and using key skills.This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, seeing patterns, making connections, working with numbers, shapes, space and measures.