Oxhey Early Years Centre

Eastbury Road, Watford, Herts, WD19 4RL
Tel: 01923 330300        Fax: 01923 330301
Email: pa@oeyc.herts.sch.uk

Head of Centre: Mrs Rachel Fagan

Understanding The World

This are of learning is divided into 3 areas:

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

At OEYC your child will be learning to:

  • Show an interest in the adults around them and what they do
  • Talk about their family and times that are special to them
  • Talk about what makes them special and unique
  • Show an interest in plants and animals and begin to talk about caring for living things
  • Begin to notice changes and talk about them e.g. exploring how ice melts or what happens to the cake mixture when it goes into the oven
  • Use toys that move and can be controlled
  • Use appropriate technology to access simple game

How can parents and carers help?

  • Get out and about in all weathers. Talk about what is happening in the world all around you. Notice traffic, street signs, changes in the seasons.
  • Compare old and new things with your child. Give them an awareness that ‘in the olden times’ people did not have washing machines, vacuum cleaners, televisions.
  • Give your child a sense of your family and relations.
  • Explain that life is very different for people in different parts of the world.  The weather is different, lifestyles are different, homes are different.
  • Develop in your child a respect for different cultures and religions. Explain that our world is a wonderful place to live because everyone has the right to follow their own beliefs and way of life.
  • Develop problem solving skills in your child. It is often quicker and easier to do things for them but your child will not grow into an independent person if they don’t learn to solve problems, try things out for themselves, make mistakes and learn to persevere.
  • If you have a computer, laptop, iPad allow your child to play appropriate games, but also allow them to operate simple equipment (hand mixers, electric toothbrushes, CD players) under your watchful eye.

Expressive Art and Design

This area of learning is divided into 2 areas:

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

At OEYC your child will be learning to:

  • Join in with dancing and ring games
  • Move to music
  • Play simple musical instruments and follow rhythms
  • Explore paints and make their own pictures
  • Make models from a wide range of toys and “junk”
  • Role play familiar scenes – in the home corner, in the “baby clinic”, at the builders
  • Make up stories as part of their play – on their own and with others

How can parents and carers help?

  • Painting, drawing, colouring just for fun. Do not expect your child to draw or paint anything recognisable at first. The fun is in the creation, not in the end product.
  • Encourage your child to make models using construction items (duplo, stickle bricks etc), but also from old cereal and egg boxes.
  • Encourage your child to play with empty boxes – these are often as much fun as the item that was inside them.
  • Allow your child to develop their imagination. An old sheet over a table or pegged up outside can make a brilliant den and will give hours of fun.
  • Save old saucepans, tins and allow your child to make music. Sing along to nursery rhymes and favourite “chart” songs
  • Develop your child’s imagination. Act out stories; take part in role play with them by playing shops, schools, teddy bear picnics. Try and collect a few dressing-up clothes, old t.shirts, skirts, shoes and scarves have many possibilities.
  • If you are anxious about your child spoiling their clothes dress them in old ones so they can really have lots of fun without being worried.


Ofsted Outstanding 2011/12 - Daycare Ofsted Outstanding 2012/2013 - Nursery