Learning in the Early Years

At Crown House, we believe that each and every child deserves to reach their true potential.

As well as providing a rich, varied and full curriculum, we plan for moments of stardom that allow all children to shine, express their unique personalities, develop their vocabulary and ooze confidence.

Wonder Wall

In our EYFS a whole wall is designated to ‘wonder’.  We actively encourage children to ask questions as this is how we discover the world around us and gain knowledge. Children naturally ask up to 50 questions a day, most of which go unanswered but at Crown House those questions are valued. As soon as these questions are asked a note is made and sent to the Wonder Wall who then writes back answering the question causing great awe and delight to the children receiving the reply.

Children as teachers of the week

Children naturally have things that they are particularly excited by or interested in. At Crown House we want to share in your child’s interests by encouraging them to become ‘teachers of the week’. No talent, skill or subject is off limits- whether your child wishes to play a musical instrument, share unusual facts about unicorns or bring in the family super car, we are ready to listen and become your child’s biggest fan.

Magic moments

At Crown House, we get to see children on a daily basis achieving great things. However, nothing makes us happier than when we also get to discover the amazing things your children do at home. Once a week we sing our special song and share our magic moments from home. Any notes from home then take pride of place on our celebration boards.


The early years’ provision is excellent. Children make exceptional progress from their starting points due to outstanding teaching. In 2017, almost all children reached a good level of development.


The EYFS at Crown House

In 2012 the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with greater focus on the areas that matter most. The Framework sets out:

  • The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
  • There are seven areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
  • There are assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
  • There are expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELG)”.