Early Years Curriculum

At Bede's Nursery, we recognise the importance of getting the balance right between 'Adult-Led' and 'Child-Initiated' learning.

Through adult-led activities we can introduce children to new ideas, provide opportunities for them to develop their skills and ensure that they experience all areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

During adult-led learning we teach skills or concepts which the children are then encouraged to use and explore during child-led learning sessions when the children have the time and freedom to explore their own ideas, play with resources and use their imagination and creativity.

The breadth of curriculum that each child enjoys at Bede’s Nursery needs careful planning, from our Bede’s babies right up to Reception, and the care we attribute to our planning is a reflection of the needs of the individual children in a given Nursery room.

Our culture of balancing different learning styles and tailored planning is present throughout every child’s learning journey. Parents are also encouraged to review plans in their child’s room and may be able to extend that learning at home.


Parents of all children in the Nursery receive a termly report but feedback is provided more informally on a regular basis. We also hold termly parent consultations for children in Rainbow Fish and above, and parents are welcome to call or email to request a meeting with a child’s Key Worker at any time.