Kintore Way Children's Centre


Planning at Kintore Way Nursery School

We have taken on the planning from ‘The Nursery Year in Action’ by Anna Ephgrave,
Assistant Head Teacher at Carterhatch Infant School in Enfield.

The cycle of observation, assessment, planning, observation is carried out on a moment-bymoment

We work in this way because…

Babies and young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing
up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity,
puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a
difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert
to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s
thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the
right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next

From National Standards document Learning, Playing and Interacting P.22 – 23

The revised EYFS advises us to continue using this document.

The adults interact with children where they are playing and will extend their knowledge
and learning at that time. We record this differently and this can be seen on the following

OFSTED – September 2015

Teaching should not be taken to imply a ‘top down’ or formal way of working. It is a broad
term that covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It
includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and
activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating,
exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are
doing, facilitating and setting challenges. It takes account of the equipment adults provide
and the attention given to the physical environment, as well as the structure and routines of
the day that establish expectations.

Download or view a copy of our Blank Focus Child Learning Journey Plan Form