Foundation One (Nursery)

Children start nursery the term after their third birthday. 


They will be offered five sessions per week, either morning or afternoon.


We ask for children to be dropped off or collected on time and for parents/carers to call to let us know if your child is unable to attend the session.  

Meet the team
Children will be in a group with a keyworker who will support them on their learning journey.
However, please feel free to speak to any member of staff about your child we are always happy to help!

Learning in the Foundation Stage


Learning through play and investigation is at the heart of what we do in Foundation at Creswell C of E Infant and Nursery School. Learning is carefully planned to ensure opportunities to learn new skills, apply them and consolidate these across the different areas of the curriculum.


In Foundation 1 & 2 we plan and support the seven areas of learning outlined in the EYFS Framework. The three prime areas cover Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. The four specific areas cover Literacy and Mathematical Development, Understanding of The World and Expressive Arts and Design.


Children are supported and encouraged to become independent learners; selecting resources, developing ideas and collaborating with peers to challenge their thinking. Our learning environment is child centred and both our Indoor and Outdoor environment planned around children’s interests and stage of development.


Children participate in small group activities daily to introduce new concepts and develop skills in phonics (early reading and writing), mathematics, thinking skills, problem solving skills and collaboration. 


We have 6 learning topics a year and the children are involved in planning and developing ideas for these topics through the use of group discussion and mind mapping. Staff then incorporate the children's ideas so that the topics meet their needs and interests. 


Our topics this year are:

'Marvellous me', 'Sparkle Surprise', 'Once upon a time', 'Amazing Animals', 'How does your garden grow' and 'On the move'



Click below to find out more about our Autumn 1 topic 'Marvellous Me'
Click on the links below to find more ideas about how to help your child with their learning.
Ideas for Phase 1 phonics activities to try at home:

Information for children starting school in September!

Children will start Foundation 2 in the September before they turn 5years old. For your information below is a link to a Derbyshire County Council leaflet that gives some suggestions to prepare children for starting school full time.