Teaching & Learning
Much of the children's learning is through play, sensitively supported by staff who understand how young children learn. Every child is allocated a Key Worker who will play with and scaffold your child's learning, plannning play-based learning opportunities and ensuring each child's learning meets their individual needs.
Key Workers also keep a Learning Journey of each child's significant moments at Nursery that they share with parents and children at key points in our Nursery calendar.
We recognise that parents are a child's first and most important educators and encourage families to share and contribute to the Learning Journeys with significant moments from home. We aim to lay firm foundations for future learning and provide a rich variety of learning situations to enable the all-round development of your child.
"I am more than happy with my child's progress. I feel that she's developed her speech & language and her knowledge of the world due to the Nursery's curriculum and their ability to make the pupils' learning individual to their interests and needs" - Parent's comment 2020
This is everything children do, see, hear or feel in our nursery both planned and unplanned. The Nursery's curriculum is based on the children's experiences and interests and is planned to reflect the guidance defined by Government documents for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS 0-5 years).
The Principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage are as follows:-
Learning and Development
The EYFS values the Characteristics of Effective Learning - HOW children learn
Playing and Exploring: finding out & exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to have a go
Active Learning: being involved & concentrating, keeping on trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creative and Thinking Critically: having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things
We feel that these are essential skills, not just for learning in Nursery but for life-long learning.
The Learning is broken down into seven areas - WHAT children learn
There are 3 Prime Areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
and 4 Specific Areas:
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The learning and teaching from this document flows through all our work. As a school we aim to provide a broad-based curriculum that provides for the development of the whole child. This really means learning is about concentrating, problem solving, developing independence and self belief as well as learning about colours, numbers, letters and words for example
We believe that children learn through their play, not any old play, but play that is organised and supported by well qualified staff and arranged so that children can learn, make progress and mature as people. They become more confident and ready to move on to the Reception Year.
You can find out more EYFS Development Matters by clicking the link below