Our intention is to develop the children’s social skills, self-confidence and good manners by learning through play and imagination using the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). We operate an ‘Open Door Policy’ encouraging parents/carers to visit the nursery at any time, thus building positive partnerships between home and nursery. Home visits can also be arranged on request.
Children are encouraged to choose their own activities in addition to the planned activities set out on a daily basis. ‘Baby Gym’ sessions help to develop movement, balance and strength, while music, dance, puppets and visual aids make story-time and singing stimulating. Messy and Sensory play is encouraged both indoors and outdoors.
We also offer the opportunity for experimentation as ‘little chef’s’, resulting in homemade treats that can be eaten either during snack time at nursery, or later, at home. Additionally, outings to the Duck Pond to feed the ducks, the Library for Baby Rhyme time and the Woods, for nature trails make for exciting learning opportunities.
We work in small groups with a ‘Key worker’ being responsible for helping parents/carers and children settle easily into the nursery. The settling-in experience is completed over a two week period, and is complimentary. Once children have completed the settling-in period and have started nursery, the ‘key worker’ is responsible for monitoring the progress of each of their ‘key children’. Part of this process is to liaise regularly with parents/carers, whilst monitoring all observations and keeping child development records, through the production of a ‘Learning Journal’ which is available for the parents/carers to see at any time. ALL new parents/carers are asked to complete our ‘Welcome Pack’ which enables us to better understand every child’s individual developmental and dietary/health needs.
Personal Social and Emotional Development: encourages the development of independence, confidence and ability to play.
Communication and Language: supports the development of listening skills, speech and understanding.
Physical Development: stimulate children through play to develop mobility, manipulative skills, and their capability to take care of their own needs.
Mathematics: Activities through play, designed to promote understanding of mathematical concepts. Making children aware of shapes, ordering, sequencing and counting.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World: Children develop understanding and knowledge of their environment and the world around them.
Expressive Arts and Design: Children are encouraged to develop their imagination and to be creative particularly through art and music.
Literacy and Understanding: Children are encouraged to develop conversational skill and listen to stories, rhymes and poems, and the appreciation of books.
CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING
The EYFS identifies three inter-changeable characteristics to help children learn.
1. Playing and Exploring – engagement: playing with what they know and being willing to try.
2. Active Learning – motivation: being involved, trying and enjoying achieving their goals.
3. Creating and Thinking Critically: having their own ideas and choosing ways to do things.[/span12] [/row]