Foundation Stage - Nursery

Welcome to our Nursery page

We are now implementing ‘In the moment’ planning in our Nursery.

What is ‘In the Moment’ planning?

  • A concept that involves allowing child initiated, real time, learning through play based on capturing the interest of the children. 
  • Children have a natural desire to explore and learn. Practitioners can support them in doing this by creating an enabling environment and using quality interactions. 
  • The core elements for in the moment planning are: 


 Quality interactions 


The Early Years Foundation Stage states:

 “Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests and stage of development for each child in their care, and MUST use this information to plan challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all areas of learning and development.”

Ofsted definition of teaching (2015) 

‘Teaching should not be taken to imply a ‘top down’ or formal way of working. It is a broad term which covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating and setting challenges. It takes account of the equipment they provide and the attention to the physical environment as well as the structure and routines of the day that establish expectations. Integral to teaching is how practitioners assess what children know, understand and can do as well as take account of their interests and dispositions to learning (characteristics of effective learning), and use this information to plan children’s next steps in learning and monitor their progress.’

‘Teachable Moments’ 

Teachable moments are about recognising that children often learn in an unconscious way during casual or less formal interactions. Within this style of teaching, we are looking for opportunities to allow learning to take place through child initiated play.

 What do we do?

  • We provide opportunities and environments that stimulate curiosity.
  • We observe and listen closely and take the child’s lead
  • We pick up on things that have sparked the child’s interests. 
  • We use open ended questions 
  • We praise and reinforce positive learning experiences 

How do we record the learning?

  • We have focus children each week who we assess and record their learning on a learning journey. We share with parents their learning and development. Each child is a focus child once per term.
  • We record observations and photographs using the ‘Early Excellence Assessment Tracker’ App. This is shared with parents. Parents also have an opportunity to add to this online.
  • Each child has a ‘Learning Journey’ folder which contains their most significant pieces of work. These are available for the children to access at all times, allowing them to comment on their learning.