EYFS Leader
Joanne Hartley

Learning Through Play at Holden Clough
Play is an important part of our Early Years Curriculum. It underpins everything we do. It gives our children confidence to explore and learn in a safe environment and be challenged in indoor and outdoor play. It allows them to make sense of the world. We want children to be able to try things out, solve problems and be creative.

We provide opportunities to learn indoor and outdoor giving the same value to both.

We ensure all adults are engaged, support and challenge children's learning.

We value and respect all our families and children.

We want our children to be resilient, confident and self assured.

We want our children to make good relationships with adults and peers. 


Outdoors is a key way children learn to problem solve, develop creativity and reconnect them with nature. Children benefit physically developing motor skills, muscle strength and coordination. It's good for children's well being to be physically active through play.  Playing and learning outside helps them to understand and respect nature. It helps develop problem solving skills as well as providing rich opportunities for developing imagination and inventiveness. 


Children working together to investigate.
children engaging in an open ended activity  
Children working on developing upper body strength 
Balance bikes to build strength and coordination 
Developing our core strength
Maths outdoors and problem solving with Numicon
Investigating and observing living things 

We know a rich learning environment supports children's learning. Children learn and develop in a well planned environment responding to their individual needs and challenging children to move learning forward.  

 Reception Tales toolkit  Area

Tales toolkit develops many areas of learning ,skills and Characteristics of effective including language, literacy, social skills, creativity, confidence, empathy, problem solving and lots more.

Nursery Tales toolkit area
Examples of writing from Tales toolkit.


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