McMillan Early Childhood Centre

All needs met for children under 5 years in one place



Learning at the Centre is play based and informed by the curriculum guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This precedes the National curriculum. Learning in the Foundation Stage is organised into several areas of learning. These are:

  • Personal, social & emotional development
  • Communication & language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design



Some of the things I can do at nursery:

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"Visit to Black Park"

Minibus Trips

"We went on a bear hunt!"

We found conkers and pine cones and leaves and learnt about the changes in the seasons.

"We grew cress and made sandwiches" 


The children planted the seeds and watched them grow. There were opportunities for counting and shape recognition and learning to use simple tools effectively.

Outside we can run and climb and develop our

Gross motor skills 

Large Motor development helps to co-ordinate the two sides of the brain as well as extending children's balance and co-ordination. Children learn to take risks safely.


 Our sensory garden

We can explore, smell and touch the various plants and follow the paths. We can find mini beasts and help with planting and growing vegetables and flowers.

Sensory Room

A calming room where I can safely climb and explore using all my senses.


Counting and sorting objects will help me with my mathematical skills.

Home corner

I can play at being different people and develop my imagination. I can explore what it is like to be my mummy or daddy and the roles they have in life.


Making Friends & Sharing Books

I will learn to share and play with other children. This will develop my communication skills. Looking at books will teach me the importance of reading and that text carry meaning.

 Fine motor skills

When I practise picking up small things I am developing the skills to hold a pencil and be able to write.