Every child is unique and learns at a different rate. Our role whilst your child is in nursery is to foster a love of learning that will give them the best possible start to their early education.
We recognise that you, their parent/carer are their first educator and we place great value on what you already know about your child. By sharing their likes/dislike and what makes them ‘tick’ with us we will be best able to provide them with experiences to develop their skills.
As early years practitioners we spend time observing children’s play and the choices they make. We then provide opportunities for them to develop these interests at their own pace, sometimes encouraging them to try new things to broaden their horizons.
All children have a key person whilst they are at the nursery. This practitioner will be responsible for helping your child to settle into nursery and spend the most time with them. If necessary they will feed, change or toilet your child giving continuity of care, which at this young age is so very important.
Your child’s key person will also document their learning and devlopment in their Learning Diary. This is a special book full of photographs, pieces of your child’s ‘work’ and observations of their learning. It is available for you to see at any time and we encourage parents to contribute by adding in photos from home. Their Learning Diary is a chronological account of their time at nursery and is a wonderful way for you to see all the lovely experiences their have during their time with us. The key person is given time out during their working week to update the diary and lots of time and effort go into them. For this reason although you are welcome to take them home wedo ask that you take very good care of them.
How is my child doing?
Each term we assess the children according to the phases of development laid out in the Early Years Foundation Stage. By carrying these assessments we can see if there are any areas in which the child might need support, or where we need to provide more plentiful learning opportunities. See the EYFS page for further information on the areas of learning.