Holiday Club

Wrap-around care

7:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri every day except Statutory Bank Holidays

Foundation Years… Early Years Foundation Stage


Partnership with Parents

We recognise the importance of working closely with parents to ensure continuity of care and education. We hold regular parent information sessions and open mornings and send home regular development updates.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This framework was revised by the government in 2012 and came into force in September 2012 for children aged up to five years.

The Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of seven different Areas of Learning. These areas are often interlinked and are supported through play, and through both child and adult led activities.

The seven Areas of Learning are:

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We ensure every child’s development is individually tracked based on these areas of learning through his or her learning journey. This is done by the child’s key person at Phoenix – and we invite parents to contribute to this, too.

Characteristics of Learning

All children are unique and learn in different ways. At Phoenix Childcare we ensure we provide many different activities and opportunities for all the children so they can play to learn and learn to play.

The Characteristics are:

  • Playing and Exploring – Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, and being willing to have a go.
  • Active Learning – Being involved and concentrating, keep on trying and enjoying and achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.


At Phoenix childcare we use an online learning journal called Tapestry.

Tapestry tracks a child’s individual development through observations and assessments that are up loaded by the child’s keyworker. Parents and carers can then be part of this journey by using a secure log in to view what their child has been achieving and add their comments.