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Ofsted text“children’s communication skills are consistently supported” Ofsted”
(Ofsted, 2015)

“The manager and staff are highly committed, enthusiastic and motivated to providing good quality service for children and their families”
(Ofsted, 2011)

“Staff use their invaluable knowledge of each child to ensure that all activities are presented in such a way as to best suit individual needs and abilities”
(Ofsted, 2011)

A day at Puffins

At Puffins, we support children’s learning and development with a mixture of child led and adult led activities. Our activities take into account seasonal celebrations, cultural events and spontaneous learning opportunities but, most importantly, the interests and experiences of the children themselves. We ensure that all toys and activities are readily available so each child has the opportunity to participate in the full range irrespective of which days they attend.

We are fortunate enough to have the use of three areas that the children have free flow access to. In the “Kitchen” we have a variety of messy play including painting, sand and water. In the “Bike Room” we have a range of activities changed on a weekly basis including physical activities and music and movement. The “Main Room” has a role play area, home corner, book corner, small world and construction areas, as well as an area to work fine motor skills.

We have 2 toilet facilities, one for the children and a separate one for staff and visitors. Children have named drawers and coat pegs for their belongings.

Adult led activities: These are based on the observations and interests, of each child, which are then used in the learning, development and next steps of the child’s learning journey.

Supporting your child’s learning and development

A child’s first and most important form of learning and development is made through play. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). The EYFS Framework is there to support all professionals working in the Early Years age group. It has a large emphasis on the adult’s role in helping the children develop. It sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare;
  • The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge;
  • Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS;
  • The expected levels (Early Learning Goals) that your child should reach at the age of 5, which is usually at the end of their reception year.

We place great focus on developing the 3 prime areas first:


  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Food and Drink

We provide a healthy snack in the morning of fruit, vegetables, cheese and food such as toast or crackers, accompanied by milk or water. Milk and water are always available for children throughout the session. We can cater for allergies and intolerances’ too. Please speak to a member of staff about your child’s dietary requirements.