Early Years is very much concerned with the all-round development of the children. We present them with a variety of experiences to stimulate physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth.
The curriculum offered follows the EYFS framework, with prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
Activities are planned for and presented in a secure environment in which it is hoped the children will flourish, gaining confidence and independence. We also support the children in developing characteristics of effective learning: Playing and Exploring, Active Learning and Creating and Critical Thinking.
The children have free-flow access between the indoor classroom and the outdoor classroom, which enables them to experience the different areas of the curriculum in differing environments with different resources. During their child-led play, our skilled practitioners work with the children, supporting and developing their learning, working on each child’s specific targets.
In order for the children to settle in more quickly, our Nursery and Reception staff visit you and your child in your home to get to know your child in a familiar setting. It also gives your child the opportunity to become familiar with their new teacher and key worker.
We also offer staggered entry at the start of the year to aid a smooth transition into our classes.
We value our relationships with both the children and the parents and carers, knowing that you have such an impact on their learning and development as their primary educators. We invite you into the classrooms ten minutes before the school day starts to share concerns, achievements and news.
It is also a time for you to settle your child and share a book together.
We collect observations of your child in order for us to see their learning and development. These are stored electronically and shared with you, the parents and carers, at the end of each half term.
We welcome and actively encourage your input into this and will ask you to complete ‘home observations’ which are stored in your child’s very special Learning Story book.