Our Ethos

Our ethos here at Tiggers Nurseries', is to help lay the foundations for a full, enriched, and happy start to each one of our children’s early years and education. We strive to provide the children with long life skills which they need to thrive throughout their lives, all while giving them a sense of belonging, encouraging self-independence, confidence, and the ability to spread kindness.

Incorporating curiosity, awe and wonder into our nursery life will encourage the children to become more adventurous, explore happiness and enjoyment within a nurturing environment.

Our curriculum comprises of the following, along with incorporating parts of Reggio, Steiner, Te Wháriki with a sprinkle of Montessori.

Birth to Five Matters

The Birth to Five Matters is a comprehensive guidance based on the previous Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) reforms. The Birth to Five Matters is a ‘guidance by the sector, for the sector’ written by sixteen early years organisations.

  1. Main Principles of Birth to Five Matters
  2. A Unique Child
  3. Positive Relationships
  4. Enabling Environments
  5. Learning and Development 

Characteristics of effective learning

Playing and Exploring


  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning


  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keep trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do 

Creative and Critical Thinking


  • Having their own ideas making links
  • Working with ideas

Areas of Learning and Development

Prime Areas 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Physical Development 
  • Communication and Language 

Specific Areas

  • Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Understanding the World 
  • Expressive Arts and Design 

In the Moment Planning

The pedagogical approach of 'in the moment planning' means understanding what needs to be taught, such as the statutory requirements and then transforming it into the curriculum.

The planning style is to prepare an engaging environment with materials that will excite and interest the children, rather than detailing on focus and adult-led and initiated activities.

A skilled early years educator will be able to identify each child’s interests, needs and abilities, which will then be supported and promoted throughout play and exploration.

In the moment planning will enable our practitioners to spend more quality time with the children, as opposed to having to take time out away from the children to plan and carry out extensive paperwork duties. 

As Steiner once said: “The Child is the curriculum.”

The Curiosity Approach

“The Curiosity Approach is a modern-day Approach that fits perfectly in current changing technological times. Bringing curiosity, awe and wonder into early childhood & creating the 'thinkers & doers' of the future.”

The Curiosity Approach

Forest School

“Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process, that offers opportunities for holistic growth through regular sessions. It is a long-term program that supports play, exploration and supported risk-taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.”

Forest School Association


At the heart of it all, is the Danish concept 'hygge' (pronounced hoo-gah), meaning a feeling or moment that is cosy and charming. Creating a hygge environment will provide a calm and relaxed feel to the play space with areas for children to retreat, and get comfortable and cosy in. 

As early educators, we play a significant part in providing a magical learning environment where children can become inquisitive, deep-thinking engineers of the future.

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