Teaching and Learning

What curriculum do the children follow?

All children are born ready and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and the world around them. They need adults who will have conversations with them, who will play with them and who will be interested in what they are doing and playing with. Development is not an automatic process, as it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact within positive relationships and enabling environments. Children develop quickly in the early years, so the staff at Rachel McMillan do all they can, in partnership with the mums, dads and carers, to help your children to experience the best possible start in life.

  • We plan for all the children using the latest Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is a distinct learning phase for children of 0 to 5 years and is the first part of the National Curriculum.
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage supports the whole child under 4 themes:
    • A Unique Child
    • Positive Relationships
    • Enabling Environments
    • Learning and Development
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage includes seven areas of learning and development which combine 3 prime areas:
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
  • and 4 specific areas to develop a child’s relationships, experiences, skills and knowledge:
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design
  • The EYFS has Early Learning Goals (ELGs), which typically developing children might achieve by the end of their Reception year in Primary school. We plan our curriculum to help your child reach these goals and beyond.
  • We believe very strongly that children learn best through play and first-hand experiences. We plan, observe and evaluate our curriculum, giving play and children’s interests and passions the highest priority.
  • The ways in which your child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking – underpin learning and development across all prime and specific areas of the curriculum and support your child to be a motivated and effective learner.


Some of the Strategies that the Staff use when working with your children:


Attachment and the Family Worker role

Growth mindsets

Schema Theory

Learning through play

VERVE - Video interaction

Learning Stories