We recognise that all children bring positive attributes to our settings which contribute to the diverse needs of our society. All children in our care are special to us. We pride ourselves in the fact that all of our nurseries operate in inclusive practice, catering for every need no matter how big or small, this also includes the needs of the parents.
Enabling the environment
Our nursery environment is created not only by structure and layout of individual rooms but are supported by resources, equipment and enthusiastic adults. Our aim is to provide a warm and accepting atmosphere to ensure children feel confident in their surroundings.
Individual room environments are created to support the age and stage of development of each child and enable active learning, play and exploration. We constantly reflect on our environment and make changes if necessary to support the growing and varied needs of the children in our care.
Play helps young children to learn and develop their physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. It is also how they learn to socialise, as children engage in learning through play experiences with other children and adults.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play based framework that we use as a tool to ensure that children from birth to five years are developing and learning to their full potential. We plan and provide a range of play activities, which help your child to make progress in each of the seven areas of learning and development.
Learning and Development
We recognise that children learn best with both physical and mental challenges. We understand the need to provide learning that involves other people, ideas, objects and events to engage the children for sustained periods. We aim to ensure our rooms are well maintained and resourced to a high standard. To learn more about how we use the Early Years Foundation Stage please refer to the EYFS section of our website. You can download our parent information leaflet there
The following reviews of you child’s progress will also be shared with you, enabling you to work together to decide how to help your child to move onto the next stage of progress:
- Progress check at age two – when your child is aged between two and three years, your key person will work with you to prepare a summary of their development in the prime areas of learning.
How we learn
Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
What does it mean?
It is the legal framework that we work with in order to support/ challenge children as they learn and develop at their own pace in order to meet their milestone according to their developmental stages.
We believe that all children have a right to enjoy their early learning time at the home or nursery, thereby, laying the foundation future success regardless of gender, race or ability. Young children learn best through playing, socialising, scaffolding and talking. We promote the children’s learning successfully by activities specially planned and adapted daily /weekly planning to meet or extend their individual learning needs. We ask parents to be partners in their child’s individual learning journey and celebrate achievements both at home and in the nursery.
We thoughtfully plan for outside and inside activities for learning and yet we are flexible enough to follow interests as and when they arise. Children are encouraged to be independent and to investigate and explore the world around them through a range of topics.
The learning activities is designed to be fun, broad and balanced to offer continuity and progression. There is a planned programme of outings and visitors throughout the year to reinforce and stimulate learning of all areas of development.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The overarching theme of the Early Years Foundation stage documentation is to help young children, aged 0-5, to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic wellbeing.
Children’s learning and development are divided into two categories with seven areas of learning
The Prime areas are:
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive bricks relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
The Specific areas are:
- Literacy development
It involves encouraging children to explore phonics by linking sounds and letters. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest in words and making marks.
The daily activities within the nursery and individual room provides the children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in everyday counting, and using numbers in their language and to begin to explore different shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the world
We present opportunities that will guide children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design
Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology
For further more comprehensive details on the EYFS framework, you can download our helpful parents’ guide or visit the EYFS website. We are always happy to discuss the framework and individual children in more detail, simply contact us to arrange it.
How we support learning
We recognize that children curiosity and uniqueness plays a vital role in their learning and development journey. Children develop at different rates and learn in an individual unique ways. EYFS philosophy encourages children to be free to choose the way in which they want to play. Children are encouraged to respect others when they play.
- We provide open ended resources which can be used in many ways thereby encourages them to explore with all senses confidently.
- We encourage children to explore and experiment within their environment which enables them to find out solutions or outcomes.
- The children’s interests are encouraged through planning to enhance emerging skills and mastery through practice.
- We set up the environment to encourage the children to continue to be interested, excited and motivated to explore and learn.
- We provide a favourable environment, which supports the child’s self-construction, is carefully prepared by knowledgeable practitioners, ensuring that children’s developmental needs are met.
- It is also creative and forward-thinking to include other materials in the environment to meet the individual needs and interests of children, provided these are used in such a way as to support the essential principles and philosophy of early years learning approach.
- We ensure that children develop competence in social, communication, cognitive and physical skills through the activities and routines.
- Our environment supports each child’s developmental education and we follow their unique individuality through their exploration of the world around them.
Using the nursery documenting system, we are able to record and track the progress of each child that is evidenced by observations and photographs of their daily experiences and achievements in nursery. Parents are able to access these records of their child’s developmental journal whenever they need to.