Learning In The Moment

We believe that nursery is more than daycare - it's the start of your child's education, preparation for school, and the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. At hdc we believe that we can inspire everyone to be the best that they can be and greet every day with a smile, because we do the best job in the world - we care for the future.

We have developed a teaching philosophy based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that blends influences from Anna Ephgrave "In the moment philosophy" which is based on children learning in the "here and now". We incorporate many aspects of theories relating to how children learn which include Elinor Goldschmied who pioneered treasure baskets, treasure play and the key person system. We provide a nurturing environment where children can explore, learn and develop their interests through play.

Our outstanding early years educators build on children's individual strengths and passions, setting a high standard for their learning and development. Each child receives a personalised approach that inspires and enables them to become a purposeful, life-long learner, enabling them to reach their unique potential.


Communication, Language and Literacy

At hdc we understand the importance of ensuring that our environment is communication friendly, we create spaces and time to encourage children to develop their confidence in using language in all forms, rhymes, songs, books, conversations etc .

We also provide a range of opportunities to support the development of large and fine muscle control, both of which ultimately enhance the development of writing skills.



We provide children with opportunities  to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.


Physical Development

Young children have the opportunity to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination,  control, and movement. We help children to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Expressive Arts and Design

Children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials  and  encouraged  to  share their thoughts, ideas and  feelings  through  a variety of activities including art, music, movement, dance, role-play, as well as design and technology.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We encourage children to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in  groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.



Children will make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

"We ensure that all children are provided with the highest quality early learning experience. This is extremely important as children's engagement in early learning experiences and opportunities will impact upon their attitude and success as a lifelong learner."


Senior Nursery Educator