Honley CE (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School

School Golden Values:







How your child learns

‘The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner’ (Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage, 2012)


Honley School Daycare: Curriculum Statement

At Honley School Daycare we offer a curriculum that supports the seven areas of learning and development defined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Our Daycare is based on the principle that young children learn best through play, with carefully planned learning opportunities which are stimulating and challenging.

Your child will have the opportunity to:-


  • Explore learning experiences that help them to make sense of their world
  • Develop ideas, concepts and skills
  • Learn self-control and understand the need for rules
  • Play alone or cooperatively, talking about their ideas
  • Solve problems and learn from mistakes
  • Think creatively and imaginatively
  • Explore fears and other feelings in a controlled, safe place. 


To unlock a child’s full potential, to give them the key knowledge and skills needed to open up opportunities for them throughout life. Our intent is to support a child’s cultural capital.

We ensure that we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of every child, whatever their starting points, as they progress towards the early learning goals. We make sure that every planned and adult-led activity has a clear intent based on the area or areas of learning and development identified by the practitioner.



We understand that play is essential for a child’s learning and development and that play belongs to children. Our aim is to respond to children’s interests and create learning opportunities that are relevant and engaging. We provide a balance between child-led and adult-led activities including enhancements of the areas of continuous provision focussed on developing skill set and knowledge. Key persons consider the needs, interests and stage of development of each child through regular observation and partnership with parents. If a child’s progress in any area gives cause for concern, we discuss this with their parents. We use a range of teaching skills to scaffold children’s learning and look for teachable moments, in other words, tapping-in to whatever has piqued a child’s interest to further extend their learning. The indoor and outdoor learning environments are given equal priority. Our Curriculum Programme is adaptable and flexible to be able to meet the individual needs and development of each child.



We record children’s progress in their learning journey folders. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the learning journeys. We make termly summative assessments that give a summary of a child’s learning and development over a set period. Our summative assessments are informed by ongoing observation and our knowledge of the unique child. Using the information that we have gathered over a period of time (not always written down), we are able to identify the difference that we have made – the impact.


Planning & Observation

Throughout your child's session their key person will complete a number of observations whilst your child plays and engages in a range of stimulating and engaging activities. These observations support planning of the next steps of learning in development to prepare your child for the next stage of education. Please find a link below to the planning and observation cycle the practitioner in Daycare use.

Planning and Observation Cycle

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The curriculum for 0 to 5 year olds aims to give children lots of first-hand opportunities to learn about themselves, each other and the world around them. The emphasis is on the process of learning rather than the ‘product’ – how individual children learn is very important.

There are 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas:

  1. communication & Language (CL) 
  2. Personal, Social & Emotional Development (PSED)
  3. Physical Development (PD) 

Specific Areas:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Literacy
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive Arts & Design 


Please find a link below to a parent friendly version of the EYFS to support you to understand the stages in which your child learns. This document is to be used as a guideline and is used to gather children's starting points in development as they begin with us at Daycare. All children develop in an individual and unique manner, however if you have any concerns or queries about the stage of development your child is at then please do not hesitate to speak to your child's key person and they will discuss your child's individual learning and development with you in more detail. 


Parent's guide to how your child learns. What to expect.