Our Curriculum

At Little Clowns, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

This is a framework put together by the DFE and covers all children from 0-5 years

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • quality and consistency in all early year’s settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • a secure foundation through planning for the learning and development of each individual child, and assessing and reviewing what they have learned regularly partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers
  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported


At Little Clowns Day Nursery children have opportunities to experience and develop in all areas of learning and development within the EYFS and are underpinned by four guiding overarching principles:

Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments, and children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

We believe that the right balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities supports children to reach their full potential

Our ethos is ‘Learning through play, and not to rush childhood, therefore ensuring that children learn through play in a happy, secure and stimulating environment we feel each child will reach their full potential while being supported by their key person who tailors learning to their interests and needs

Using the outdoor environment as much as possible is an important part of our day and a huge benefit for children to explore their physical development as well as support their health and well-being.

A plan of our day is available on request, this is flexible and adaptable to children’s needs. We know that daily routine supports children’s sense of security

We follow Ofsted’s guidelines for our child/adult ratios however our staff ratios are often higher 

Children aged 3 months- 2 years – 1 adult to 3 children

Children aged 2-3 years – 1 adult to 4 children


Children aged 3-5 – 1 adult to 8 children