Learning & Development
We aim to ensure that each child:
• is in a safe and stimulating environment;
• is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children;
• has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
• is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
• has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
• is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop;
• is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a Government framework that sets out minimum standards of care and learning that all childcare providers are expected to deliver. Its purpose is to ensure that children are provided with a rich learning experience tailored to their individual needs whilst being cared for in a safe and secure environment. The EYFS contains a series of “Early Learning Goals” that set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of their reception year. These goals are grouped into two Areas of learning which are Prime and Specific:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
The Prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime area continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.
To enable our nursery staff to implement the early years foundation stage, close observations and assessments are carried out by our staff on your child as they play and learn. These observations are then used to plan for the children’s next steps in relation to their learning and development.
How parents take part
Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their children. There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as:
• exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff;
• contributing to the progress check at age two;
• sharing their own special interests with the children;
• building friendships with other parents in the setting.
We welcome parents to drop into the setting to see it at work or to speak with the staff.
Key person and your child
Our setting uses a key person approach. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child’s key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that the childcare that we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the setting, she/he will help your child to benefit from the setting’s activities. Parents help to shape the service it offers.