Learning Through Play

Ouseburn Playgroup follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and use development matters, this helps us to provide stimulating activities linked the the characteristics of effective learning as stated in the EYFS and development matters.The Early years foundation stage curriculum is divided in to seven areas, 3 prime and 4 specific:

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

For each area, the guidance sets out early learning goals which are divided into age related bands of attainment. Playgroup uses these to trace each child's progress and to plan and provide the right activities to help each child move towards achieving the learning goals.

The characteristics of effective learning are:

  • Playing and exploring-engagement
  • Active learning-motivation
  • creating and thinking critically-thinking

We believe that it is paramount to a child's learning that they are fully engaged in all learning opportunities which is why we plan "in the moment" to ensure that all our activities and play opportunities are linked to children's current interests and themes of play. 

Ouseburn Playgroup has a high ratio of adults to children in the setting and this helps us to:


  • Give time and attention to each child
  • Talk with the children about their interests and activities
  • Help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide
  • Allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety

All our practitioners are level 3 qualified with many years of experience working with young children. 

We operate successful Key Worker system, which means each member of staff is responsible for a particular group of children. Your child's Key Worker will help your child to settle when they first start at playgroup and will help to take forward his/her learning and development by building on what he/she already knows.