What do children do in nursery?
- Children learn how to make friends and work together
- Every day they can play outside in our interesting garden area.
- They can experiment with paint, water, sand, glue, wood, dough and blocks.
- They can look at books, listen to rhymes, make music, draw pictures and start to write.
- They learn about choosing an activity and working at it.
- Pretend play gives children opportunities to explore, to share thoughts and imaginative ideas.
What children can do (rather than what they cannot do) is the starting point of a child’s learning. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as a guide to our planning to extend children’s learning and support their development.
There are 3 prime areas: communication & language; personal, social and emotional development; and physical development. The prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success in all other areas of learning and of life. There are 4 specific areas: literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design and these provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills.
The nursery staff help them to concentrate, put their ideas into words, try new activities and enjoy their achievements.
We focus on four aspects of young children's development:
- a unique child (every child is different)
- positive relationships (making friends and getting on with others)
- enabling environments (having toys and resources that help children to fully develop)
- learning and development
For 3-5 year olds we organise teaching and learning in curriculum areas.
These areas are:
- Communication & Language
- Personal, Social & Emotional development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design
- Physical Development
The Department For Education has published the Early Years Foundation Stage which covers children's development from Birth to Five. This document supports our planning and organisation for learning through play.