“Giving children time and space to make their learning deep and long lasting”


The word ‘curriculum’ is used to describe all of the learning experiences that children have at nursery. These experiences are consistent with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which children will follow in the nursery through to the end of their reception year in primary school. As a staff we plan the curriculum to ensure that different areas of learning and experience are represented in the play and learning activities we provide.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework


Three Prime Areas of Learning are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Four Specific Areas of Learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design

Children’s progress in the prime areas is fundamental and should be firmly embedded to ensure achievement in the specific areas is built on firm foundations.

Our Outdoor Nursery has many areas where the prime and specific areas of learning are provided for.

Home. Within the indoor space we have our dining room, lounge, kitchen, office, library and dressing areas.
Please click on the link to read about the learning opportunities provided in the home area.

Allotment. We are very proud of our allotment and the livestock in it. Children and parents raised over £1000 to enable the nursery to have livestock, we reared the chickens from eggs and now collect the eggs they lay. To find out more about the learning the allotment provides please click on the following link .

Beach. In South Tyneside we to have some of the most amazing beaches in the north east of England. The coast is a major part of our culture and heritage. In the nursery we have a beach area, sand rocks, pebbles and sea with a replica of Souter Lighthouse. Please click on the link to find out about what learning opportunities the beach has to offer.

Fire house. At the heart of our outdoor nursery is the fire house, where many of our family celebrations take place. We explore the benefits of risk and spend quality time with children and parents teaching how to assess and mange risks that the world has to offer. Please click on the link to find out about what learning opportunities the fire house has to offer.

Shelter. “there is no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing” We know if children are dressed appropriately then the space they will choose to live and learn in is outdoors. At Boldon we spent 3 years on researching the value of the outdoors before creating our outdoor nursery. Please click on the link to find out about the shelters in the outdoors.

Wilderness. Our outdoor nursery provides children with the time and the space to connect with nature in their own way. The potential for the child to make deep learning connections with nature is the essence of the space. Please click on the links to find out more.

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