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The Mount Stewart Schools

Nursery Curriculum

Our vision: Learn.  Inspire.  Achieve.


‘Children are nurtured from the outset and given exciting opportunities, which motivate them.’ Ofsted.


Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.


The Early Years framework sets the standards to make sure that children aged from birth to 5 learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. In 2021 the new EYFS framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage will become statutory for all nursery and reception settings. At Mount Stewart, we are currently an Early Adopter school of the new framework and have been using the new framework this academic year in preparation for September 2021. To support us with the delivery of the framework we refer to the Development Matters non-statutory curriculum guidance for the Early Years foundation stage.

Welcome to Mount Stewart Nursery

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Early Years

At Mount Stewart Schools, we believe that children deserve the best possible start to their education. Our Early Years team strive to provide an environment where children feel safe, happy, supported and secure. We consider each child's interests, wants and needs so that they are ready to learn and achieve well. We are committed to providing a quality Early Years education that is; creative, challenging, active, and broad to develop a thirst and excitement for learning.



We believe that the Early Years are critical in children's development and that the EYFS builds a firm basis for future learning, development and independence. Therefore we educate the whole child and promote independence, curiosity, respect and resilience.



  • Identify and value children's strengths, interests, and learning styles to develop confidence, respect, independence, and high self-esteem.

  • Develop and build solid relationships with our children and their families.

  • Cultivate children's attitudes to learning, self-motivation, curiosity, self-confidence and responsibility.

  • Nurture and encourage children's curiosity, reflectiveness, creativity and resourcefulness.

  • Develop children's responsive thoughts and ideas, and value their work, conversations and feelings.

  • Provide the highest quality learning experiences for all children. Learning that is exciting, creative, real, challenging, encouraging risk-taking and fun.

  • Provide the highest quality teaching and learning that considers the interests of the children, their developmental and relating needs, and allows them to make progress.

  • Support children's learning by providing them with first-hand learning experiences rooted in purposeful, resilient play.

  • Support the children in making the transition from their first stage of education to the next with confidence.


'The outstanding teaching and support from staff in the Early Years provision mean the majority of children make rapid progress to meet or exceed the early learning goals. As a result, the children are exceptionally well prepared to enter Year One.' Ofsted.



Our Early Years Vision Statement

What to expect in the EYFS- A parent guide