We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which has four elements:
Teaching learning based on children’s interests
A regular cycle of learning
Our curricular goals for children
Our approach to learning:
Most of our learning is play based, taking place both inside and outside
Our starting point is the interests and needs of the child
There is a balance between adult-initiated and child-initiated activities
Collaboration with parents to get a rounded understanding of the child, their interests and strengths
Our Curricular Goals
We have 8 curricular goals that are ambitious. These goals cover all the things we would like the children to know and be able to do. These goals are adaptable. We provide individualised learning and support to ensure that every child can access the curriculum and make progress.
We are an inclusive nursery; all children will participate in the same curriculum and every child will make progress from their starting point. Some children will move more quickly than others, and for those children we will deepen their learning, rather than introducing new skills.
What are our Curricular Goals?
Settle in | Settle in and become a confident learner
Follow | Follow a recipe to bake a bread roll
Make | Make a model at the woodwork table
Ride | Ride a balance bike
Create | Create your own dance to a piece of music
Sew | Sew a running stitch
Make up | Make up your own story
Write | Write the first two letters of your name
Planning and assessment
When children start nursery, we focus on the prime areas of learning and development:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Every child is offered a home visit or a virtual visit via Zoom. We use this to share and exchange information with the parents, to ensure a smooth transition into nursery, and to learn more about the child’s interests to feed into the planning.
Assessment and tracking
10-day assessment – key person and parents meet to discuss how the child has settled and to set ‘next steps’ if appropriate once the child has been in nursery for 10 days.
2 year old check – a statutory check that shares a picture of the child’s development.
Special book – a book containing the child’s ‘wow’ moments and significant pieces of their learning.
Focus meetings – 3 times a year the child will be a ‘focus child’ where observations will be made by all practitioners and gathered together to form a picture of learning and development. The key person and parents meet, for this to be shared.
Transition report – when the child is getting ready to move onto school, the key person will write a report that summarizes the child’s achievements in the prime areas.