We follow the early years foundation stage curriculum. This is planned for in an imaginative way designed to stimulate the natural desire for children to play and learn. At this age, the children initiate much of the fun for themselves and really begin to enjoy nursery life! Emphasis is put on the children enjoying and learning in the outdoor spaces that we have enriched with lots of learning opportunities.
We use the Development Matters in the early years foundation stage curriculum which is tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. It covers the 7 areas of learning which are as follows: Personal, social and emotional, Physical, Communication and Language, Understanding of the World, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Literacy.
We actively encourage parents to be involved in this learning process by contributing to their ‘learning journal’ which documents each child’s progress through examples of work, photo’s and observations.We have a ‘hands on’ approach to learning which encompasses the characteristics of effective learning;
Playing and Exploring - investigating materials and ideas through explorationActive Learning – encouraging trying, involvement and achievingCreating and thinking critically – considering their own ideas, making links and choosing ways to do things.We also plan short trips into the local community and invite people into our setting like the police, lollypop person, or a visit to the local fire station.
As part of our commitment to create an environment which children progress and thrive, we have employed a senior manager with a Ba Hons in early years to support and mentor all staff. This enables us to engage with the children through small group work on a regular basis.