• Curriculum

    At Jigsaw, our curriculum is based on the guidelines laid down by the UK government in the Early Years Foundation Stage document.

    The EYFS has four main areas:

    A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. This theme reinforces the need for all aspects of provision to be responsive to the needs of each child.     

    Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships. This theme highlights the crucial role early years practitioners have in working with parents to support the learning and development of children.

    Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. This theme highlights the importance of observing children as part of the planning process.

    Learning and Development – Children develop and learn at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected. 

    This theme involves four areas :

         1. Play and Exploration
         2. Active Learning
         3. Creativity and Critical Thinking
         4. Areas of Learning and Development


    The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes to:

    • Be healthy
    • Stay safe
    • Enjoy and achieve
    • Make a positive contribution
    • Achieve economic well being

    With these aims in mind, the staff at Jigsaw encourages the children to:

    • Make choices and decisions, and express what they are interested in
    • Use puppets and story props to participate in story times
    • Dress up and begin to think about how it feels to be someone else
    • Engage in a variety of sensory experiences such as listening to music, smelling and tasting and touching different textures.
    • Express their feelings and thoughts
    • Respond to songs and rhymes
    • Play with a variety of resources such as blocks, pots and pans and dolls
    • Play with sand, water and play dough
    • Explore everyday objects such as wooden pegs, spoons, corks, cones and boxes
    • Develop and improve gross and fine motor skills
    • Respond to and socialize with other children in an appropriate way
    • Listen and respond to staff in an appropriate way
    • Recognise colours and common shapes in a variety of situations
    • Begin to learn paintbrush and pencil control
    • Be exposed to numbers and counting through games, songs and activities
    • Begin to understand what letters are and how they relate to sounds
    • Move towards becoming more independent in matters of personal care and hygiene
    • Become increasingly aware of nursery routines


    Our approach is play-based, but we do believe that a stimulating environment should be well-planned and organized.