Play is your child’s work and learning begins at a very early age.

learning and development

We understand that all children are individuals and when they join us, no matter how young they are they will come with a certain amount of knowledge and understanding. Our aim is to build upon this and encourage them to grow and develop.

Play is your child’s work and learning begins at a very early age. Our curriculum is professionally written and stage appropriate in line with the Learning and Development requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Within the EYFS Framework practitioners provide activities and make assessment judgements based on the seven areas of learning: 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas.

Prime

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

Specific

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

Research into early child development shows that children learn more rapidly during their first three years than in later life; whilst all areas of learning are important and inter-connected, the three Prime areas that are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn and form relationships and thrive. The specific areas will enable them to be self-motivated learners who are confident to succeed.

Communication and Language

  • Involves children being provided with the opportunity to experience a language rich environment; develop confidence in expressing their wants, needs and feelings and being able to speak and listen in a variety of contexts.

Physical Development

  • Involves children being encouraged to be interactive and active in their learning and develop control, coordination and movement. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Involves supporting children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves, and of others; form strong attachments and relationships and develop respect for others to develop their social skills and learn how to effectively manage their feelings. This area also supports the children in understanding appropriate behaviour and develops confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy

  • Encourages children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.

Mathematics

  • Encourages opportunities to develop and improve counting skills, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, space and measures.

Understanding the World

  • Involves supporting children in making sense of the world around them and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as encouraging the sharing of thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

When planning and guiding activities practitioners will reflect upon the different ways that children learn and ensure they utilise this within their practice. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

Playing and Exploring

  • Supports children’s engagement and investigation and to experience things through being willing to ‘have a go’

Active Learning

  • Supports children’s motivation to learn by helping develop their concentration, ability and will to keep trying when challenges occur and celebration of completing a task.

Creating and Thinking Critically

  • Supports children’s thinking skills through developing ideas, making links between differing ideas and create strategies for completing a task.

The EYFS emphasises that parents are a child’s primary educator and therefore encourages parents to contribute to their child’s learning.

At whatever stage your child is at when they join our Nursery, our planning and the activities will be designed to meet their needs.

Your child’s Learning Journey celebrates and captures many of thier early education and development experiences. Over time it will tell you a story about your child’s learning, friends and the activities they enjoys sharing with others.

Our Team observe each child at play because it helps us to understand and support their individual well-being and development. We really get to know the children as unique people with special skills, interests and ideas. The more we understand about your special child, the better we can support them in the way that is right for them.

Your child’s key person will partner with you and significant carers in your family. We value parents and carers taking the profile book home and sharing their child’s learning. We welcome you talking with the child about the book, sticking in family photographs or other things of significance for your child. You and your child can also take the book to any other settings or important people to share or add to.

When your child reaches approximately 2 years and 9 months they enter our Rising Stars Room, we will start to think about school entry, so the curriculum offered will prepare your child for this next stage in their development.

Enhancements:

We have external companies that will come to the nursery to provide extra-curricular activities these include dance, music, tennis, football, yoga, languages and singing. All companies that attend our nursery have fully trained and police checked staff.

These classes will support your children’s learning and development as they will complement the activities our team already provide for your children on a daily basis.

“Excellent – particularly the pre-school. My daughter starts school soon and is well ahead in terms of letter and number recognition. She is always enthusiastic about the activities she is involved in at the Nursery and has covered topics and themes I would not have in the home – e.g. – Ramadan, etc.”

“I like the fact that the children are involved in creative activities such as painting and drawing.  I also think that the singing activities are enjoyable.  It seems as though a lot of effort is put into themed events and there is always something new”