The education, activities and practice provided by Wentwood House is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which has proven to be a successful framework for aiding development and well-being. This framework is based around the recognised Characteristics of Effective Learning (Playing and Exploring, Active Learning, Creating and thinking Critically), and the Seven Areas of Learning.

These are:


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


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





In conjunction with the EYFS, we recognise that children develop and learn in different ways and this framework enables us to cover all children within the early years provision, including special educational needs and disabilities.

Your child is assigned a Key Person from the moment they start at nursery and the Key Person uses an individual, child centered approach to your child’s development. This ensures that your child fulfils their next steps and is stimulated through a variety of spontaneous and planned activities, as well as a balance of adult initiated and child led activities, based on their likes and dislikes. Your child will have an interactive Learning Journal that follows them through their time at nursery to capture a record of all their achievements and special moments. At Wentwood House we place a high emphasis on parent partnership and strongly encourage parents to add to the Learning Journal with special moments, holidays and new interests that happen outside of nursery. This helps us to create a fuller picture of your child’s life and to develop further challenging activities and interests within the setting.

Through continuous observation, planning and assessment, our highly qualified staff are equipped with the knowledge and instinct to be able to recognise the signs of any potential developmental delays and work quickly with parents and outside agencies to quickly bring your back up to expected levels. As a parent you will be provided with two formal reports during your child’s time at nursery; at age 2 and before they go to school, as well as formal parent consultations throughout the year and the opportunity to speak with your child’s key person on everyday drop off and collection.

Based on the EYFS framework our approach is to:

  • Provide environments and activities that encourage your child to become a competent learner from birth, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. This is demonstrated through education that is tailored to your child’s specific needs, routines, interests and abilities.
  • Provide children with as many new, interesting, stimulating and challenging experiences using creative resources such as paint, playdough, food, sand, softplay, water and many more.
  • Provide a key person for your child who is responsible for guiding them on their learning journey and making the child reel safe and cared for, whilst maintaining a strong relationship with the parents.
  • Instil in the child an appreciation and love of nature and the outdoors through free flow access to outdoor play, gardening and exercise opportunities.


Planting our Cress seeds!

Within each of the suites, we use festivals, holidays and days of observance and the children’s interests to incorporate the following:

  • Cookery Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Science Club
  • Music Club

Additional Education

Wentwood House also offers ‘Stretch and Grow’ sessions for our older children. ‘Stretch and Grow’ involves exercise with stories an music and has proven to be very popular with our children.