Learning

A child playing in the sand pitWe believe that the early childhood years are a time for fun and physical growth but also a time for creating the foundations of your child's enjoyment for learning. We have implemented both the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' and the ‘Letters and Sounds Programme’ in the nursery.

Learning through play

We promote the idea that play is the natural and most effective way a child learns. Through play children learn to concentrate, to try out ideas, to imitate grown-ups, to explore the world around them, to develop their imagination, to participate, share and socialise. Young children at play are the most fervent explorers constantly making new discoveries.

Play activities provided during the nursery sessions are diverse and well balanced. Opportunities for your child in the nursery include creative play, imaginative play, manipulative play, physical play, play with natural materials and activities to encourage scientific interest, reasoning skills and individual choice making.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Early Years Foundation Stage was revised in September 2012. The new guidelines are taken from the Tickell review. The new changes will allow strengthening partnerships between parents and professionals; focusing on the three prime areas of; detailing the four specific areas of learning which build on the prime areas; introduce a progress check at aged two to provide for early intervention as necessary.

The EYFS provides the foundations for learning at the nursery. The programme is underpinned by four main themes, these are a Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning and Development. These four themes show how we respect all children to be individual, that we support their individual needs through strong relationships, we are aware of the environment in which the children can explore and learn and understand that children develop differently and using the development matters framework can ensure each child can reach their full potential. How we support children through their development is detailed below.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requires that parents and carers must be supplied with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of the EYFS when they are aged between 24-36 months. This is know as a 2 year check.  At Nursery your child’s keyworker will write a summary of their development which they will share with you, based on observations they have taken. The check ensures that parents have a clear picture of their child’s development and it enable practitioners to understand the child’s needs and plan activities to meet them.

EYFS development matters book can be download from Foundation Years website.

Letters and Sounds: Phase One Teaching Programme

Letters and Sounds is a six-phase teaching programme designed to help practitioners and teachers teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. Phase One Programme is intended particularly for use by early years provision.

Phase One activities concentrate on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. It offers lots of opportunities to enrich children’s language.

Letters and Sounds: Phase One Teaching Programme (PDF, 1,568kB) can be downloaded, and here are some YouTube clips for the letters and sounds phonemes for the children to listen to at home: YouTube clip1 and YouTube clip2. This YouTube link has some useful ideas for parents to try at home and explains letters and sounds. You might also find Jolly Phonics web site is useful.

More information on children's learning and development can be found on the Foundation Years website.

For more detailed information on the standards and quality of educational provision in the nursery, you can access our last Ofsted Inspection Report which was carried out in 2015.