Personal. Social and Emotional Development
The Children are supported individually within The Nursery and helped to develop confidence, autonomy and self respect. They learn through play both independently and in small or large groups, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn to accept ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others.
Communication, Language and Literacy
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols themselves. We have a well-stocked book corner giving the children every opportunity to become familiar with books: to handle them and become aware of their uses, both for reference and a source of stories and pictures.
Understanding of the World.
The safe and stimulating environment of The Nursery allows the children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities and to share and record their feelings. The staff assist the children in exploring and understanding their environment both within The Nursery and also the wider community. We have a range of safe and well maintained equipment enabling the children to extend technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques to achieve their goals and solve problems.
Expressive Arts and Design
The Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources to help them to express their own ideas and feelings, and to construct their individual response to experience in two or three dimensions. Traditional art materials, less conventional media and natural or discarded artefacts provide for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. Each day there is free painting and collage as well as the focused activities on offer. The children enjoy and respond to music and stories, and there are many opportunities for imaginative play, and for the children to become engrossed in their imaginary world, both individually and as part of a group.
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allow the children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and develoment of their own skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children to create and meet physical challenges, thereby developing skills and control in moving, climbing and balancing. Children are also helped to develop the finer motor skills needed in order to use tools (including pens and a variety of writing materials); and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.
With adult-supported practical experience, children at The Nursery become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisited to learn and use mathematical vocabulary identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and pictures books help children to become aware of number sequences and, when ready, to use simple operations such as addition and subtraction.