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'Education: an adventure to be enjoyed'
Welcome to the CAN Schools Federation. We are two well-established, teacher-led nursery schools supporting children and families in Derby.
Opening Times and Session Costs
Opening Times:8.00am - 6.00pm (parents can drop off from 7.30am)
Session Costs:£5.00 to £5.25 per hour booked within our published session times

Learning at Nursery

Areas of learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape children’s learning experiences. Although all areas of development are interconnected, the EYFS emphasises the importance of three prime areas. These areas are seen as crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

It is also important that children are supported in four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


Active Learning

Children learn best when adults help them to do things for themselves. There is no substitute for first-hand experience and at Central and Ashgate we think this is particularly important for children to find out about the natural world around them. Our fantastic gardens provide real life opportunities for children to develop skills in all areas of learning. These experiences are supported by learning activities centred around all seven areas of learning.

Enjoy the half term break!