At Boundstone we recognise that all children are unique individuals.
Between birth to five years old they are the most competent learners they will
ever be; we respect this and follow their lead, using our training, experience and
skills to support and strengthen their learning.

At Boundstone sensitive, trusting and warm relationships lie at the heart of effective learning and
teaching and we place equal importance on the physical, emotional and cognitive development of
the babies and children in our care.

Our learning environment is rich, multisensory, accessible and engaging, both indoors and out and is always being developed.

Planning for learning takes into account individual interests, learning styles and needs, based around an ongoing cycle of observation and assessment.

Children are encouraged to take risks, and learn that it's okay to make mistakes - in fact, it is often through making mistakes that the deepest learning takes place.


All schools and Ofsted-registered early years’ providers must follow the Early Years Foundation
Stage (EYFS), which is a document that sets out standards for the learning, development and care
of children from birth to 5 years old (i.e. from Daycare/Nursery School through until the end of their Reception year at primary school).


The EYFS framework gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to ensure quality early education and childcare for all children, and means that parents and carers can be confident that their child will benefit from consistent principles and commitments to their learning and development.


There are 7 key areas of learning and development covered by the EYFS:

3 Prime Areas, which are particularly important for encouraging children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their ability to learn, thrive and develop relationships. These are:

Children must also be supported in 4 specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied.
These specific areas are:


Click on the Key Areas above to find out more information about these principles and how we enable our children to develop within them here at Boundstone.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

If you are interested in finding out more about the EYFS and other information relating to early learning then click the button below to be directed to the Foundation Years website

British Values

The fundamental British Values are:

  • Democracy

  • Rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths

At Boundstone this might be seen as follows:

Democracy: Making decisions together, Child initiated activity, making choices, snack time choice, choosing a story, "Do I want to be inside or outside?", selecting activities, playing group games, following our own interests.

Rule of law: Understanding that rules matter, Helping children to develop self control, Considering other people’s feelings, Children contribute to rules‘we use kind hands’, Tidy up time, Giving children strategies to deal with negative emotions, Positive reinforcement and specific praise.

Individual Liberty: Freedom for all, Positive self esteem, Encouraging children to have their own ideas, Promoting independence and self help skills, Learning to respect each other and our differences, Allowing children to take risks.

Mutual respect and tolerance: Treat others as you would want to be treated, Celebrating different festivals, Taking part in the local community, Charity events; comic relief, children in need, Being kind to each other, Playing alongside each other.