Foundation Stage Curriculum

At Acacia Nursery School we have developed our curriculum to ensure creative, innovative and practical learning throughout every session. We have used the non-statutory Development Matters document as a basis for the skills and learning opportunities expected for children at various ages and stages of their development.


There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our curriculum in the early years.

Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are the prime areas and include:

•      communication and language

•      physical development

•      personal, social and emotional development

The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied, are:

•      literacy

•      mathematics

•      understanding the world

•      expressive arts and design


Communication and language development – we develop a rich language environment within our nursery in order to develop children’s confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical development – we provide opportunities for children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.


Personal, social and emotional development - we help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others and form positive relationships with each other. Through engaging activities, we allow opportunity to develop social skills and positive behaviour


Literacy development – we teach synthetic phonics regularly, enabling children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Reading underpins our curriculum and a range of books are used to ignite interest in learning for children.


Mathematics - we provide children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems through hands-on, interactive activities. Activities develop their understanding of shape, space, and measures.


Understanding the world – our curriculum enables opportunity for children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore and observe in a practical and creative environment


Expressive arts and design - allows children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.



Acacia Nursery

Cecil Road



E11 3HE



Main Telephone:

020 8558 4444



Chief Executive - Maureen Okoye

Executive Principal –

Head of School – David Livie



School hours

Office Hours

8.30am - 4.30pm