We’ve developed separate rooms for First Steps (3 months to 12 months), our Little Learners (12 months to 24 months) and our Adventurers (3 - 5 years split across two rooms), enabling us to resource each room appropriately for the age group, and where they are cared for, nurtured and encouraged to explore and investigate.
Three of the rooms have direct access for the children to our outdoor play areas – which allows them to free-flow indoors and out, depending on their preference.
Our own ‘fenced off’ and secure rubber floored garden area gives children a stimulating yet safe from harm outdoor space to explore within. Each age range has its own designated time allocation in the outdoor space, creating a purposeful opportunity for outdoor play.
Above: Our newly-renovated 'First Steps' room
Our planning cycle starts with observing children at play to understand their current interests, development and learning and making notes about this. We also talk to you to find out what your child can do and already knows as well as about the things your child likes to do at home. This enables us to plan appropriate activities which will form the 'next steps' in your child's learning and development.
It's important that we keep records of your child's learning and development. Your child will have a record book called a 'Learning Journal' in which we will keep observations, photographs of your child at play, planning sheets and a record of your child's progress.
You can see your child's Learning Journal at any time and we hope that you will also add comments or observations about what your child does at home. You will be given your child's 'Learning Journal' when he / she leaves nursery and you may want to share this with your child's teacher when he / she starts school.
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage as a framework when caring for children and supporting their learning and development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is mandatory for all schools and early years providers in Ofsted registered settings attended by young children from birth to the end of the academic year in which the child has their fifth birthday.
The aim of the EYFS is to help children achieve the outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving wellbeing. It provides assurance that our nursery will keep your child safe and help them to thrive.