A nursery school is a school for children between the ages of 2.5 and five, staffed by qualified teachers and other professionals who encourage and supervise educational play rather than simply providing childcare.
The method is characterised by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher (often called a "director", "directress", or "guide"). It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills. It is also characterized by the use of autodidactic (self-correcting) equipment to introduce various concepts.
UK National Curriculum
The UK National Curriculum teaches art and design, design and technology, English, geography, history, information and communication technology, mathematics, music, physical education and science. The curriculum also provides non-statutory guidelines for citizenship, modern and foreign languages, and personal, social and health education.
The Curriculum is based on the ideal that education is a route to the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and mental development, and thus the wellbeing, of an individual. Education is also a route to equality of opportunity for all, a healthy and just democracy, a productive economy, and sustainable development.