Welcome to Nursery.
We pride our nursery to be the starting point of children's learning through a balance of child centred play and adult led learning, that can be altered to follow children's interests. Our pedagogy is teaching using sustained shared thinking, which involves listening to children, responding and open questions to develop their curious minds of the world around them.
Language development is the driver of our curriculum, and we strive for children to become skillful, effective communicators.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and this sets the standards for us to meet to ensure the children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning by giving children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Each child is unique and develop in varying ways. We observe and plan using the characteristics of effective learning, prime and/or specific area and age bands of the EYFS.
Characteristics of Effective Learning are ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment-
- Playing and exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and thinking critically
These underpin learning and development across all areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Key person groups
Your child will be allocated a key person when they start nursery. We have two key groups, the squirrels and rabbits. The key person acts as the key contact for you to help establish secure relationships as well as being responsible for ensuring your child feels happy in nursery. Your child’s key person will keep your child’s learning and development records up to date that highlight development and progress.
We love to read!
We love to read a wide variety of books from traditional tales to modern day stories. Through reading children are developing their vocabulary and their understanding of the world around them, as well as developing their self-confidence and imagination. So far we have focussed on:
Parents/carers as partners
We really value your comments and contributions and believe this is vital in ensuring your child's needs are fully met. There is an open door policy so please feel free to share anything that you think will support us in supporting your child.
We welcome 'proud cloud' and 'wow' comments at any time, to celebrate any achievements your child has done at home or in the community.
Home learning tasks will be sent home linked to learning that we are doing in nursery. Please spend some time completing these with your children. These will be added to your child's special book, called their 'Learning Journey'.
Reading books will be sent home weekly. Please find some special time to read for pleasure with your child. A reading record will be included for you to add comments about what your child enjoyed about the story and maybe their favourite character. As a school, we follow Read, Write, Inc and when your child is ready, a phonics sheet will be included to practice at home.