Our curriculum

At Little Cherubs we acknowledge that children learn and develop from birth to five years old more than at any other time in their lives. Children need opportunities to develop their own play and independent exploration. Through sensitive dialogue with parents we can understand individual children better and offer helpful suggestions to support learning at home within the family. Children build bonds with their Key person that helps to closely monitor each child’s decisions making and to guide and support where needed. The team are able spend quality time with the children, applying their professional knowledge, to help children progress without needing to record lots of data.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The statutory Framework, which all Early Years providers must follow. This sets the standards for learning and development, Assessment and the Safeguarding and welfare requirements that each setting are required to follow.

‘Development Matters’ is the document Little Cherubs use to assure all children are making positive progression through their early years in a consistent way. It allows our team to assess the children’s learning and development against expected milestones, giving much needed flexibility for the children’s individual rate of development.

Development Matters - Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage (publishing.service.gov.uk).


Seven key features of effective Learning and development

1. The best for every child: Equality of opportunity

All children are given an equal chance of success through our High-quality early education. We aim to narrow any gaps in development that may arise due to any disadvantaged backgrounds, English as an additional language or children who have lived through difficult experiences. To ensure they begin to grow stronger through experiencing a high quality early education and care.

Our education and care is fully inclusive and we are able to quickly identify any Child’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). All children promptly receive any extra help they need, so they can progress well within their learning.

2. High-quality care: Our Vision

From healthy meals, set and flexible routines, to caring for the children’s personal hygiene. Each individual child’s experience is always central to everything we do. Babies, toddlers and young children thrive when they are loved and well cared for in a consistent way and the focus is for our team to enjoy spending time with young children.

Older children are challenged to think deeply about their experiences and work with our team to make decisions and problem solve.

Our team understand that toddlers are learning to be independent, so may sometimes get frustrated and need that extra time and understanding. We fully prepare the children for their transition to school with a wide range of School readiness activities and projects as well as ensuring the children are independent and confident to seek support.

3. The curriculum: what we want children to learn

Each Key Person, plans specific activities and experiences to help each child to develop, with early language and social communication skills at the heart of our broad curriculum. Our curriculum is based on the children’s interests, events and celebrations and developmental needs and is carefully sequenced to help children build on their learning over time.

Babies and young children do not develop in a fixed way so the planning is flexible around their needs and routine. Our team is on hand to ‘scaffold’ their learning by giving them just enough help to achieve something they could not do independently.

4. Pedagogy: helping children to learn

Children are powerful learners; our team support every child to make progress in their learning. Our team of skilled practitioners carefully organise enabling environments both indoors and outside, for the highest quality play experiences.

We focus on the children learning through meaningful experiences, blending several tried and tested ethos’s such as ‘Reggio Emilia, ‘The Curiosity Approach’ ‘Steiner’ and ‘learning through play’.

Our team role model, inspire and collaborate with the children, using real life objects and scenarios, child lead and guided learning.
Our team join in with the children’s play to sensitively support and extend children’s learning with curiosity in what is happening to make them ‘thinkers and doers’, making time and space available for children to invent their own play.

5. Assessment: checking what children have learnt

Assessment is about noticing what children can do and what they know, and effectively assessing the children’s development throughout their time with us.

Our team produce written assessments when a new child starts with us, at 2 Years old (in conjunction with the 2-year health check with the health visitor) and when the children transition to school.

Accurate assessment can also highlight whether a child has a special educational need or requires extra help or support.

6. Self-regulation: Supporting Behaviour

We put a large focus on language development as it is central to self-regulation: children use language to guide their actions and plans. The team join the children in a wide range of discussions and pretend play to give many opportunities for children to focus their thinking, continue and plan ahead.

This is vital to support the children with their feelings and emotions which contributes to the child’s growing ability to self-regulate (concentrate their thinking – plan what to do next – monitor what they are doing and adapt – regulate strong feelings – be patient for what they want – bounce back when things get difficult.)

7. Partnership with parents: Parents as first Educators

Parents are the people that know the children best, and it is vital that we work closely with them to fully support and care for their child; this sets the scene for children to thrive at Little Cherubs.

This includes listening regularly to parents and giving parents clear information about their children’s progress through parents meetings and progress checks.

The team give all parents daily feedback, via our App, on their child’s personal care and meals, as well as sharing photos and video’s so parents feel confident in the experiences the children are taking part in.

This we hope can lead to conversations at home about special events, friendships and experiences.  By knowing and understanding all the children and their families, we can offer extra help to those who need it most.

We strengthen our partnership by offering workshops & support on subjects that may be beneficial for parents to use within the home environment.

Key Person System

We believe in investing in our staff to teach the Little Cherubs ways which is reflected in strong bonds and special partnerships between the staff, children.

Once each child has started to settle into the nursery they will be given a Key Person. This is a member of our team who is responsible for;

  • Being that special person that knows the child best and who the child will form strong bonds with
  • Ensuring the child’s individual developmental needs are met
  • Being the point of contact for the parents if they have any questions
  • Recording achievements and reflected upon them
  • Reviewing and producing progress summative reports
  • Setting challenging activities in different areas so each child makes meaningful steady progress through their time at Little Cherubs.

What is EyLog?

EyLogEyLog is a secure online early years log, which stores your child’s learning journey. EyLog is compliant to the EYFS (early years foundation stage) requirements, it allows Little Cherubs to capture observations and manage the learning and development journey of a child electronically. You can access pictures, videos, observations and much more at the click of a button!

Parents/Carers can download the EyLog Parent application which is available for smart phone and tablet users for easy access to their child’s learning journey. Parents/Carers can also comment on observations made by nursery practitioner’s and you can even create your own observation to share with the nursery!

All data for children and practitioners are stored in a secure database which cannot be accessed by search engines. Each parent is provided with a unique pin which the Nursery Office sends via email to enable access to their individual child’s learning journey only.



Mindfulness Practice

We understand the importance of promoting wellbeing for staff & children. This helps to create a positive environment within the nursery setting.
At Little Cherubs we have ‘mindfulness ambassadors’ to help promote mindfulness to our daily practice for both staff & children. Our ‘ambassadors’ come together to tailor our techniques to each age group helping to promote techniques into the children’s daily routines. Staff use the promoting positive behaviour policy to ensure consistency. Staff are able to recognise when a child may need support with their emotions and provide this one to one or in a small group, whichever is more appropriate. Teaching children to recognise and manage their emotions at a young age will support them throughout their life

We have an ‘relaxation & calming’ area in each room with books and sensory objects. During various parts of the day we support children’s self-regulation through carefully planned activities and resources. This includes supporting children to manage their own emotions and behaviours using rules and boundaries created by the children themselves. We provide activities in which children are able to recognise and express their emotions, including emotional literacy. Our practitioners promote calming stories, stretching and talking about each child’s feelings. This enables us to provide support for children who may be experiencing big emotions they can’t cope with just yet.

Staff and parents are given the opportunity to complete at home workshops with useful and practical tools to help them navigate life's demands and discover the peace and calm within themselves focusing their minds, promoting greater self awareness.

Our entire staff team complete workshops with professionals in the industry such as ‘Mindfulness Kids London’

Beam Academy Yoga visit our older Toddler & Pre Schoolchildren once a week for an extra curricular session.


Little Cherubs Library

At Little Cherubs, we recognise the importance of children reading books from a young age. Creating a language rich environment, helps to build confidence and self-esteem.  Aiding cognitive development, good mental health & wellbeing. This brings pleasure & builds a great bond between family groups.

The Little Cherubs have created a library system that will provide families the tools to start a partnership between the nursery learning & a child’s home. Our system is interactive for both parents & children to allow focus on promoting elements of British values. Children can take ‘ownership’ & responsibility of books, multimedia & owning their very own Little Cherubs library card.

Parents are also able to access the online library system and can reserve books & home learning packs from our online catalogue. These are ready for your child to take away at the end of the day with them. We also can offer a ‘click & collect’ if your child or family cannot attend during these times.
Browse & look at each item, write reviews for other families when items are returned.

Our library contains;

  • Books
  • Home Learning Activity packs
  • CDs
  • DVD
  • Resources

Children’s Workshops

During the year, Little Cherubs will be running various workshops that introduce key topics such as;

Mini First Aid

These Early Years sessions’ are designed to make first aid fun. Suitable for EYFS.

Children learn about what happens to their bodies if they are hurt and how they would be treated by a grown up. They are able to bring their favourite Teddy or Doll to help with the First Aid story, covering calling 999, bleeds & bumps & the importance of safe eating practice with Sit, Chop & Chew.

After each class children will receive a certificate for attending.

Dental Awareness

During Early Years’ Foundation Stage, a child’s first experiences with oral health can impact on the rest of their life.

That’s why it’s so important to teach them about their mouth and introduce them to good habits as soon as possible. It is equally vital to continue to ‘normalise’ dental visits and put them at ease with the role of a dentist as a person they can trust.

Working with professionals from Oral Health Foundation & Dental Wellness Trust. Children are able to complete an oral health workshop for dental health, hygiene with DR Linda Greenwell

Animal Visits

Various animal visits take place at the nursery with a few of their furry friends. Such as; Bunnies, Guinea Pig, Hedgehog, Chicks. Or creepy Crawlies, such as Millipede, Giant Snails, Frogs, Spiders, Lizards.

Catering for all key stages. Children with receive a specialist talk covering the origin, species, diet, growth, and behaviour of each animal presented. How various species of animals have adapted to fit in with our lifestyles, such as urban habitats.

Children will have the opportunity to meet & handle the animals. (prior parental permission is obtained).


School Readiness

At Little Cherubs we are passionate about childcare, believing each & every child matters. We support children individually to help them reach their full potential and fully pre-pare for school. Starting school is a developmental milestone for both children and parents. The majority of parents are understandably anxious about their child starting nursery & school. During Covid19 this has only created more anxieties with many younger children having not spent any times away from parents.

Little Cherubs staff team use our knowledge & skills to calm children’s anxiety and fully support the transition into the next chapter of a child’s life.
At Little Cherubs children gain important social and practical skills they need to succeed at school by interacting and playing with other children, adults. Forming friendships & close bonds with peers & staff.

Independence - They’re used to spending time apart from you, mixing with other children, taking instructions from and communicating with other adults,

Responsibility is encouraged by taking some responsibility for tidying up after themselves and looking after their ownership of belongings such as

Bookbags, Library books & cards and nursery toys.

Self care is promoted by using the toilet, washing hands, feeding themselves & getting dressed/undressed.

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