Assessment for Learning 

“Play is the highest form of research.”

Albert Einstein - Scientist

We believe that children are active learners who learn best through play, first-hand experience and meaningful conversation. They need time and space to explore, experiment, research, reflect and make sense of their world. We provide a learning environment that enables children to become independent, autonomous learners.

Children are given the opportunity to return to experiences and deepen their learning throughout their time here and are given genuine choice between a range of experiences which are rich in potential for learning. Staff and parents work in partnership to create a shared understanding of how children learn and how adults can best support their learning.

For more information about your child's learning at Pembury House, please see our       Developmental Learning Policy


  • To have effective Home / Nursery relationships by working closely with families to nurture and support children’s learning and progress
  • To create an effective learning environment by ensuring children are presented with open-ended creative experiences in an attractive, calm, purposeful environment, (indoors/outside), with natural materials and natural colours
  • To support children to become mastery learners: to ask questions, take and evaluate risks, develop resilience and have ownership for their learning and develop ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (EYFS, 2021)
  • For staff to be attentive to the 4 principles of Assessment for Learning: learning outcomes, feedback, questioning and self-evaluation/challenge
    • To celebrate children’s learning and record their experiences so that children make the best possible progress
  • To provide opportunity and access to learning for all at Pembury according to individual need

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