Welcome to Squirrels.
We hope you will be able to find out lots about the learning that takes place in our happy and stimulating nursery environment.
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 of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
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. Here is a snippet of some of our favourite stories this term:
What have we been upto in nursery so far?
Here is some fabulous work we have done in nursery and at home.
As nursery is open to all children, we will use Google Classroom to post some home learning activities that relates to the content we are covering in nursery. The link is: https://classroom.google.com/h
I love to see what you have been doing at home so please remember to send in the beautiful work you have done.
What will we be doing in nursery in the next half term?
Nursery will be continuing the topic of ‘Can you tell me a story?’
We will be looking at the story ‘Hooray for Fish’ by Lucy Cousins as the children have shown an interest in creatures that live under the sea and the traditional tale of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ retold by James Marshall. We will be anticipating events and phrases in rhymes and stories, showing an interest in the illustrations, talking about how stories are structured and how they might end. Children will also be using language of size and shape.
We strongly believe in following children's interests to enable them to fully engage in their own learning. We consider ways to support your child to strengthen and deepen their current abilities and interests. This is achieved by planned, purposeful play and a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. We respond to each child’s needs and interests through positive interactions. This is essential for development as it builds their confidence as they learn to explore, think critically and interact with others.
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, if your child is attending nursery or accessing the home learning tasks. Your support has been amazing during these challenging time.
I am looking forward to meeting you all very soon.