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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: 

Article 28 - Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity. • Article 29 - Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

We acknowledge that at Bordesley Green East Nursery School, from the earliest stages of development, babies and children are capable, confident learners. It is on this foundation, working holistically in partnerships with parents / carers, that the school will build upon. We believe that to ensure the service we offer is the best quality, we must develop fully as a team, with a shared vision and continue to challenge ourselves and each other to enhance our own development.


At Bordesley Green East we strive to:

  • Ensure all the children and their families feel included, secure and valued
  • Build on the foundation laid by parents and continue to work in partnership with them
  • Provide a challenging, developmental and relevant curriculum which reflects and extends the needs and interests of the children


We work hard to provide the right conditions for learning by:

  • Providing a well planned and stimulating learning environment both indoors and outdoors emphasising the value of play as the medium through which children achieve most in the early years.
  • Valuing social and emotional development as well as intellectual achievement.
  • Supporting the development of each person’s potential as an active learner.
  • Focusing on the process, not just outcomes


Planning and Assessment.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 2023), the statutory framework that sets the standards for Learning, Development and Care for children from birth up to 5.

Four guiding principles shape our practice: 

  • Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships 
  • Enabling Environments
  • Children develop & learn in different ways & at different rates.

Our planning and assessment is based on the principle that children learn most when they are interested, motivated and engaged in the learning process. Through regular observations of children’s interests, planning and assessment develops to support and enhance their learning. In this way, we differentiate and ensure that individuals are appropriately challenged with a balance of adult-led activities and the scaffolding to support child-initiated activities. The efforts of our children will be valued and respected at all times. We will provide positive encouragement and feedback to pupils to encourage confidence and develop self-esteem.  


Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are supported with one to one work, visual aids, pre-tutoring with language used for planned activities, choice boards and pictorial timetables. Targeted small group work supports children with identified communication and language needs and a nurture group supports those with lower emotional well-being. Children with EAL are supported with pre-tutoring and small group work. More able children are supported through a phonics extension group and children eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium work in a small group with our teachers and with our ceramic artist and Forest School.



Early Years Baccalaureate

As the nursery school child progresses through the year, they follow an Early Years Baccalaureate programme of thought in conjunction with the EYFS.  The Baccalaureate concentrates on the child and its growing environment.  

  • Who we are.
  • How we organise ourselves.
  • Where we are in place and time.
  • How we share the planet.
  • How we express ourselves.
  • How the world works.

We believe this is a cycle of thinking which supports us as citizens of the wider world throughout our lives.


Forest School

The Forest School concept of allowing young people freedom to learn in a natural environment originated in Scandinavia, but has attracted increasing support and interest in the UK, as it has proved particularly effective with children in their early years. There are many schools and nurseries in Birmingham that are running Forest School programmes in their settings.


Forest School programmes take participants' holistic development into account, considering well-being, social connection, and environmental awareness just as important as academic achievement. Benefits associated with Forest School are improved mental and physical health (reducing stress and increasing physical fitness), support of emotional and social development, and the strengthening of participants' relationships with their local area and the greater natural world.

The particular activities that take place at a Forest School are unique to each programme's location and the participants' interests. However, there are a few common threads that help define what Forest School is.

Forest School involves children working with a qualified Forest School Leader on a frequent and regular basis throughout the year in a local woodland setting.  Children are encouraged and inspired to grow in confidence and self-esteem through mastering small achievable tasks like den building and collecting natural materials.

As they grow in confidence, the children are offered more challenging activities – but they are always supported to succeed!

A typical Forest School programme may involve the children using tools (bow saws and secateurs for example) and learning fire safety and awareness using campfires -all done under close supervision of experienced staff; we feel that this is an important part of a childs’ learning.  A strict code of conduct is followed on the safe use and handling of tools, and Health and Safety is considered at all times. Photographs will be taken as evidence of achievement and may be used in future presentations to show the effectiveness of Forest School.


Forest School happens in almost all weather, and we often get muddy!  We will provide the children with waterproof clothing and hope that you will be able to send your child to school in wellington boots and old clothes on the day Forest School sessions take place. Long trousers and a long sleeved top are advisable for the sessions.

Creative Artists

Our artist in residence works with children, sharing ideas and working on ongoing projects together with the children as they try to figure out and explore many different ways to do things through art expression.

Practitioners encourage children to communicate through creativity. It is the medium by which staff “listen” to the children.

We like to keep 5 things in mind:

  1. Children use A Hundred Languages to express themselves – words, symbols, sounds, music, art, etc. It is through those languages we learn about our children and what is important to them.

  2. Children learn through interacting with their peers (social constructivism).

  3. The environment is the third teacher. The teacher, parent and classroom are all teachers.  

  4.  Children are capable people who can drive their own learning.

  5. Documentation acts as a reflective learning tool to guide teachers and students.



Documentation of children’s learning is vital to the learning cycle. It is a means of reflection, sharing and an opportunity to revisit. It is the learning journey of the children in our care.

We continue to develop our individual styles of documentation. We try to capture learning experiences daily and display them in the environment and in floor books, as they happen. This informs the parents, educators and children about the learning within the space they have been working in.

We ask; what are their key interests? What are their questions? Also, what questions are we asking ourselves?