Pre-School Learning

Pre-School learning is a key skill in the development and wellbeing of all Children, as such we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) with our children which meets the individual needs of all the children in our care. The framework is grouped into four themes:

  • A Unique Child

    1. Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
  • Positive Relationships

    1. Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling Environments

    1. The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s learning and development.
  • Learning and Development

    1. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates, and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected. Learning and development is divided into 6 different areas, and through play these areas are covered:
    1. Knowledge and Understanding of the World
    2. Communication, Language and Literacy
    3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
    4. Creative Development
    5. Physical Development
    6. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

We aim to:

  • Introduce and extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of Science and the world around them, including use of our own vegetable patch.
  • Explore and enjoy natural materials and their qualities e.g. sand, water and clay.
  • Encourage outdoor pursuits through outings
  • Introduce computer technology, which opens up various avenues of learning.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

We provide activities related to language acquisition through:

  • The book corner where children develop an interest for print and pictures.
  • Listening to children and responding sensitively and appropriately
  • Story telling and role-play which includes dressing up or experiencing the home corner which takes many forms, e.g. a bookshop, a hairdressing salon or a surgery.
  • Circle time where children learn to listen and discuss various topics of interest e.g. the weather, the days of the week and their own personal experiences.
  • Songs and rhymes where children acquire vocabulary and rhythm through familiar and new nursery songs and rhymes.

 

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

We ensure learning mathematical concepts by providing the following:

  • Materials for sorting, matching and measuring e.g. puzzles and coloured cubes.
  • Activities where children explore shape, size, weight and length e.g. cooking.
  • Interactive computer software

 

Creative development

We encourage creative development through story-telling, drama, role play, music and movement, drawing and painting with various medium, design and technology where children learn to use various tools like the scissors, glue spreaders and cello tape to create two- and three-dimensional models. Clay/play dough is also used to help children learn how to sculpt and develop a sensorial approach to learning.

 

Physical Development

We have 2 garden areas where slides, a climbing frame and balancing platforms are permanently out where our children can exercise their large motor skills like climbing, running, and balancing. A wide range of small equipment is available to encourage fine motor skills.
In addition we have a dance teacher who attends twice a week encouraging musical movement and special awareness, and a football course runs during the spring and summer months.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

One of the main aims of being in a nursery is the opportunity for all young ones to experience life outside the confines of their homes. It is at the nursery that children learn there are others like them with the same personal and emotional needs. Turn taking and sharing are perhaps the first experiences which most young children encounter. They also form the basis of relationships with other adults and children who may come from different backgrounds and cultures.
Various topics based on the young children’s experiences are often explored and presented. Multi-cultural celebrations and customs are introduced in the hope that children will grow to understand and respect people from different lands and diverse needs. We celebrate all major festivals of different faiths during the year with stories, art and craft activities, cooking, decorations.
We also celebrate the children’s birthdays.
More importantly, we aim to help the child learn how to be independent and exercise the confidence needed in later life

 

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