During their time with us children develop respect for one another and their environment and become active, creative, emotionally aware and independent individuals. We nurture in them the enthusiasm, confidence and self-motivation to learn and practise skills in key worker groups and in their own play.
We prepare children for school and later life through developing all aspects of their communication, a love of books, words and stories, an interest in problem solving and appreciation of nature.
The nursery environment is carefully planned to enhance children’s learning and development in each area of learning. As the children play inside or outside, carefully chosen equipment, and questioning and support from nursery staff means that children’s learning and progress is accelerated. We take notes of how children’s skills are developing and plan for the next steps in learning. The Early Years Foundation Stage describes typical progress in each of the areas of learning in the form of developmental ladders. Of course children are individual and not all children will fit into the typical pattern of progress.
Each week nursery staff have a planning meeting where we discuss the children’s learning progress and how we change/add to their environment to support their developing skills. Some skills need to be specifically taught such as learning how to use scissors – and this is done through our small group times. When children have tried a new skill/new activity at group time, it often gives them the confidence to choose this activity again when making their own choices for play.