Our Nursey curriculum and focus
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the EYFS educational program in our nursery. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
communication and language
personal, social and emotional development
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
understanding the world
expressive arts and design
Seven Areas of Learning and Development:-
1. Personal, Social & Emotional Development
We aim to help children to become confident, independent learners who are able to make their own choices and decisions and become increasingly autonomous and responsible. Staff place a high priority on helping children to settle into nursery successfully, apart from parents/cares happily and begin to form appropriate relationships with all the adults and children in the nursery.
2. Communication and Language
Language plays a major part in all areas of children’s learning. Headstart children will learn to communicate and understand ideas that are important: learning to think, reason and make sense of new experiences. We make the time to listen to each child and provide opportunities for them to solve their own problems, develop and express their own ideas.
3. Physical Development
Young children are naturally very active and by providing a range of wheeled toys (bikes, scooters) bats, balls etc and climbing and balancing equipment, we encourage them to develop their gross motor skills, which enable them to become more confident, agile and coordinate. Fine motor control (fingers and hands) is developed through purposeful activities such as playing with play dough, clay, sand, water, operating the computer, cutting and sticking in the creative workshop area, building with Lego or completing puzzles. Children need well developed fine motor skills to control a pen/pencil when writing.
Through storytime, we aim to instil in all children a love of books and stories that will support them in becoming confident readers and writers. Children will learn to enjoy and share books from the wide range of books in our book corner and join in discussions with the teacher and their friends through storytelling, puppet shows and using visual listening aids.
They will develop their phonic knowledge through matching games and use sounds to link with letters in everyday activities. Children will also practice and develop their prewriting skills in readiness for school.
We believe it is important for children to see a purpose for learning new things and so we introduce and extend mathematical ideas into the full range of nursery activities both indoors and outside in the garden. A range of resources are always available to children to support key mathematical skills, e.g. counting and number recognition; sorting and matching; shape recognition and understanding the properties of 2d and 3d objects. Building with blocks, construction sets or re-cycled materials introduces the children to the properties of shape and the vocabulary for describing the 2D and 3D shape.
6. Understanding the World
We provide a range of experiences to support children in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding which will help them make sense of the world around them. Children are encouraged to explore and investigate their surroundings, handle new materials, experiment, describe, compare, discuss, predict and share their thinking. Outside the children learn about the needs of living things by planting and growing vegetables, pond dipping, going on mini-beast hunts and observing seasonal changes.
Cooking is a regular activity and provides a focus for children to observe changes, which take place when ingredients are mixed together, heated or cooled. We use this as an opportunity to reinforce hygiene and safety and raise the children’s awareness of healthy foods and eating.