Children are at the centre of what we do and we believe that children learn best when they are interested, inquisitive and engaged, which at this age and stage of development, is best achieved through play.


Play gives children the opportunity to explore their own interests, enquire, plan and take risks. Additionally, play also allows children to use their creativity, develop their imagination, and build on their dexterity and physical skills, not to mention supporting the development of cognitive and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children engage and interact in the world around them.

Planning in the moment is all about seizing the moment for children to progress. Based on what the children are already deeply involved in, this way of planning  relies on skilled practitioners using quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). This means that the practitioner needs the skills to be able to see the teachable moment from the child’s perspective and be skilled enough to know when to intervene and when to stand back and observe. Planning in the moment is all about capturing the moment of engagement and running with it to make sure the children progress.

Early Years Foundation Stage


Scallywags Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This curriculum model sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All maintained schools and Ofsted-registered early years’ providers must follow the EYFS, including child-minders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.