Discoverers – is our baby room, in this room we care for babies from as early as 3 months up to the stage where they become confident walkers. The room is sensitivity designed to cater to the individual needs of your baby’s daily routine. A wonderful free flow space with a dedicated cosy area for those all-important naps and quiet moments.
The Coracle beds fit with our vision of creating independence from an early age and are part of the stages of transition from sleep to rest. Babies are introduced to new experiences every day and they are able to discover their surroundings in an organic way, through exploratory play using heuristic and treasure basket resources. Their senses are further stimulated as they get busy in messy play activities.
Explorers – is our toddler room, this room is an open planned space which integrates our nursery kitchen. Our toddlers are aged between ‘confidently walking to 2 and a half years old!’ The room has been carefully designed to facilitate the inquisitive minds of toddlers where they can learn through their play. The dedicated areas of learning encourage toddlers to explore and make discoveries at their own pace. The environment supports interaction, small group activities and role play, other activities include special time with key-person, story time, sand & water play, painting & mark making amongst an endless list.
An integral part of your toddler’s time in the Explorers room is the integrated review, this usually takes place when your toddler is between the ages of 2 years old and 2 and a half years old. The review is completed together with you, the local health visiting team and us. We work together to identify positive outcomes in children’s progress, health and well-being, learning and behaviour as well as facilitate any needs for early intervention and support for families.
Inventors – is our pre-school, this room is a large area which accommodates 22 young and willing inventors aged 2 and a half years to 5 years old. Space is bright and thoughtfully arranged in consideration to the Early Years Foundation Stage and in readiness of the next phase of your preschooler’s educational journey ‘Big School!.’ All areas for the EYFS are clearly defined and well resourced for learning to take place naturally. Importantly, the pre-schoolers develop their self-confidence and become empathetic to their peers as they understand the first principles of ‘sharing is caring’.
Our educators encourage children to communicate, their developing language is valued and affirmed through many interesting and enjoyable conversations. Our holistic approach encourages our pre-schoolers to be excited about learning and gives them the platform to problem solve, use a range of media and technology, understand the essentials of science and mathematics as well as express themselves through music, dance and drama. The easily accessible environment is key to their independence, self-service during meal-times and rolling snack times promotes their self-capability skills.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to shape our practice.
There are seven areas of learning and development that form early years education. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The prime areas particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The prime areas are communication & language, physical development and personal, social & emotional development.
We give your child opportunities to experience a language-rich environment; we develop their confidence & skills and encourage them to express themselves through the use of vocabulary; speaking and listening in a range of situations.
We provide opportunities for your child to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement in their gross and fine motor skills. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity and healthy choices.
We help your child to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. They are taught to form happy relationships and develop respect for others. We build upon their social skills and teach them how to manage their feelings. We encourage children to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities through a range of activities.
We encourage your child to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials such as books, poems, and other writing and mark making materials to ignite their interest.
We offer your child opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, simple problem solving and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
We guide your child to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environments.
The EYFS puts children first. It encourages us to listen to them and their parents, to observe what they are interested in to influence our planning, observations and assessments.
By providing your child stimulating indoor and outdoor environments, they have independent access to resources as well as adult-directed activities. As part of our daily practice, we observe and assess children’s development and learning to inform our future plans. We record our observations in a variety of ways using the e-learning journey (Tapestry).
We enable your child to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design & technology. Additional to this we invest in extracurricular activities such as ‘Jenny’s Jam, Hartbeeps & Yoga by Tatty Bumpkin’.