Our planning for children’s learning is displayed on the noticeboard of each room. Please do take the time to look at this planning, tell us what your child enjoys, learns and does at home. We welcome feedback and discussion about children’s learning, and actively seek your involvement and support.
As a registered Nursery School and Children’s Centre, children’s learning and development is very important to us. We follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) which has been developed by the Government with a number of early years experts and parents.
As well as the legal welfare requirements that every registered setting must follow, the ‘ Development Matters’ section of the EYFS also lists the seven areas of learning and development that guide professionals’ engagement with play, learning and developmental activities for children aged birth to five years old. The prime areas that children should mostly develop first are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development and
- Personal, social and emotional development
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world and
- Expressive arts and design
Group Time – Red, Green and Blue Room
A consistent routine is important to help children feel secure and gives confidence to explore the learning opportunities on offer. Children will gather together for ‘welcome’ at the beginning of each session. The children gather in their key groups to share a fun activity planned by their Key Person. This activity will follow from interests and learning that adults have observed children exploring and be planned to enable them to explore ‘next steps’ to new learning.
Child Initiated Play and Learning
This forms the main part of every nursery session. Children are able to freely explore the learning environment and resources of the nursery. Adults support, enable, watch and listen to further learning opportunities and to gain understanding of children’s interests and learning needs. Each day, further learning opportunities are planned based on the children’s interests that have been observed.
Story and Singing Time
This is a short time when children come together to share a story, singing, puppet play or other games which enable them to practice and build upon their communication, language and literacy skills in an enjoyable way.
Records of your child’s progress, through learning diaries, displays, notes and data, are kept by the Nursery and a record will be transferred to the appropriate school when your moves on.
You will be invited to meet with your child’s Key Person three times each year to talk about your child’s progress. Your child’s online learning journal is updated so you can see what they have been doing and you can also add to it yourself.