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Our Child-Led Curriculum

Mad Hatter’s has a warm and welcoming environment in which every child is encouraged to participate in a wide variety of play and educational activities through our indoors and outdoors curriculum. We work within the guidelines set out by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, delivering the curriculum through ‘In the Moment Planning (ITMP)’.


ITMP is the idea of teaching the child/children in that given moment. It is a child-led curriculum. Our skilled practitioners observe the children and through their quality interactions capture the ‘teachable moment’. These unplanned teachable moments allow the practitioner to move the child forward with their learning and development straight away, spending so much more time with the children. If you require more information, please visit Department for Education: 

The EYFS and Mad Hatters seek to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in the setting, so that every child makes good progress and no child is left behind.

  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities, which are planned around the needs and interest of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.

  • Working in partnership with other practitioners, parents and or carers and outside agencies.

  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Areas of Learning

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.  

Specific Areas

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design  

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