Early Years Education

THE CURRICULUM

The Nursery is governed by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS). This framework is mandatory for all Early Years Providers in England and Wales. The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape the educational programmes in early years’ settings.

These three fundamental areas, known as the prime areas, are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

 

Building on the prime areas, children must also be supported in four specific areas:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design.

 

Staff receive training on the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage, both through attending external courses and during in-house training and supervision sessions.  Using our knowledge of individual children, their level of development and their interests, practitioners plan activities and experiences to ensure that good or excellent progress is made by each child in reaching the early learning goals.

Ofsted expect early years’ settings to promote the characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Nursery offers the following enhancements to the curriculum at no additional charge to parents:

  • Write Dance
  • FUNdamentals
  • Jo Jingles
  • Stretch'n'Grow
  • Wake up, Shake up
  • Yoga
  • Music Box
  • Baking Club
  • Gardening Club

 

Private Speech Therapy

The Nursery continues to work with a private speech therapist, Beverley Filer.  Beverley is an experienced speech therapist with 26 years’ experience working in the NHS, specialising in working with children who have severe speech and language disorders. She now works in independent practice, primarily in schools and nurseries.

Beverley attends the Nursery one day each fortnight to formally assess and provide therapy for Nursery children identified as having significant speech and language difficulties. Parents are fully involved in all stages of the process. In partnership with parents and staff, Beverley develops and guides the implementation of individual therapy plans. The results to date have been impressive and the Nursery is recognised by the Local Authority as having considerable expertise in this area. We have been highly commended on our innovative approach by parents, visitors and external agencies.

 

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