We believe that young children bring with them a deep curiosity and that they learn best when they are interested and motivated. We aim to foster a love of learning by supporting children’s interests through lots of first hand experiences that enable them to learn about the world, their community, themselves and each other. We consider ourselves to be life-long learners and strive to keep up to date with good Early Years’ practice based on the latest research.
Our team work together to create a safe, stimulating environment for all of our children, providing opportunities for them to express themselves and to grow and develop into socially confident learners and resilient, adaptive, creative and emotionally intelligent members of our school, community and society.
We offer a rich environment full of opportunities and experiences that stimulate and extend children’s learning through playing, exploring, being active, solving problems, working together, creating and being asked questions to help their thinking. The indoor environment has a homely feel – it is calm and purposeful whilst outdoor play provides different opportunities to assess risk and try new things out.
It is our job to facilitate the children’s learning by planning activities based on their interests to provide challenge and to support and extend their learning. Our staff are experienced and knowledgeable about child development and play. We know that the quality of interactions in play scenarios is more important than quantity and that when adults let children take the lead, play becomes more elaborate, creative and sustained.
To begin with, we encourage and support children to move forward with their Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development. Without these prime skills they cannot progress onto the specific areas that include Mathematics and Literacy.
‘Enrichment activities’ provide a different dimension to the children’s usual experiences and often involve the Nursery team working with partners in the community to enhance our core offer. We believe that many of these creative and imaginative activities not only develop the children’s life skills but more importantly that their well-being and emotional balance is nurtured. More information about the kind of activities that our children take part in can be found here (Enrichment Activities).
Lastly but most importantly, we support the belief that successful relationships between parents and educators can have long lasting and beneficial effects on children’s learning and well-being. We actively encourage parents, carers and families to get involved with Nursery life and to take advantage of the facilities and opportunities in the local community.