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Child Development

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), by providing a learning environment focused upon play where all individual children are encouraged to develop to their full potential in all areas of learning. Qualified Early Years Practitioners use their knowledge and experience of child development to observe and listen to the individual child to ensure that their needs are being met and to enable us to plan activities and experiences to encourage and enhance their learning.

We are committed to implementing practice which focuses on the five Every Child Matters outcomes, which are:-

  • Staying safe
  • Keeping healthy
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making positive contributions
  • Achieving economic well being

We recognise that a child’s family is their first educator, therefore we feel by working as equal partners, together we can support each individual child in reaching their full potential. By working together and establishing good lines of communication we aim to establish and meet the individual child’s needs.

EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)

This is the statutory framework legal requirements relating to all areas of learning, development and welfare of children.
Alongside the legal requirements, the EYFS is designed to guide children’s earliest years and provide support, information, guidance and challenge for all those with responsibility for the care and education of babies and children.
This framework is used from birth to the end of reception year in schools and is used to shape the children’s developmental records.
This framework allows staff to provide babies and young children with access to a wide variety of experiences and explorative play which encourages all areas of development.
The framework is broken down into these areas of development:-

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication, Language and Literacy including the Letters and Sounds Programme.
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical
  • Creative

Each area of development is promoted and implemented throughout the Nursery in activities and experiences focused on children learning through play.
Through observation, practitioners assess the individual child, focusing on the child’s interests and their current stage of development. Practitioners then plan activities and experiences that encourage and support the child’s development and future learning.
Long, medium and short term planning is necessary to enable practitioners to keep a balance between adult and child led activities.
Long term planning is fully in place throughout the Nursery, however as a staff team, we are in the process of evidencing this. The working document can be found in the reception area of the Nursery.
Medium and short term planning is found in each room.
Child led activities and experiences are provided through a free choice system, know as ‘Continuous Provision’, where children can select activities they wish to engage in. This is designed to aid decision making and independence.

Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds: Phase One is a National Strategy that works alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage and is focused upon the development of Communication, Language and Literacy skills.
The Letters and Sounds Programme establishes that an environment providing broad and rich language experiences for children is the basis for good early years practice.
Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in activities that encourage them to:

  • Listen to and enjoy stories
  • Experiment with making sounds, both with their bodies, musical instruments and resources
  • Develop their knowledge of letters and phonic sounds
  • Listen to and experiment with rhyming words

These activities aim to encourage children to speak confidently, using a developing vocabulary which develops the skills for social interaction.
The Programme recognises the importance of developing speaking and listening skills as part of the process of working towards making a solid foundation for future reading and writing skills.
Development Records - See Observing and Recording Individual Children’s Experiences and Development Policy.

Outdoor Environment

To encourage healthy development we feel it is important for the babies and children to have access to outdoor play, where they can be active and use their physical skills whilst also benefiting from fresh air and natural light.
Our outdoor play areas (main garden and play yard) are organised on a daily basis, making sure that age/stage appropriate equipment is available for all children to use.
Practitioners also take children and babies (in pushchairs) to the local amenities, which include walks to the local park and surrounding areas of the Nursery.

Yoga Sessions

We have two practitioners who are qualified yoga instructors. They lead short yoga sessions for all children in Nursery. These sessions form part of our weekly routines and are based around songs and rhymes which are age appropriate and link into the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. These sessions promote physical activity and confidence building.

Items Required by the Nursery

      • Spare set of clothing (more if your child is potty/toilet training - also a spare pair of shoes-just in case).
      • Suitable outdoor clothing -during colder months, winter coat, hat, gloves, wellington boots. During warmer months, sunhat and T- shirt which covers shoulders.
      • Sun cream
      • Nappies/wipes and a pot of nappy barrier cream (where applicable).
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