The 7 areas of Learning and Development
Key Person System
A key person is a named member of staff with responsibilities for a group of children. The system ensures personal attention is given to the needs and development of each individual child and family and forming a special bond with parent and child ensures children feel happy, safe and secure.
The role of the key person is important, involving a designated person responding sensitively to children’s feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by giving reassurance, when they are new to setting, transitioning to other rooms and when moving into school, all support the child’s well-being. That person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents or carers building relationships with them and their child. Children feel settled and happy and are more confident to explore and as a result, become more confident, capable learners.
Welfare of the Children
Two one hour settling in sessions are offered in order to ease transitions in nursery where emphasis is placed on a homely atmosphere throughout. The Nursery is sensitive to the needs of all our new parents as well as the child, especially during settling in periods.
Good liaison with staff at this time is essential. A key person takes responsibility for new children and a special bond is made but it is also important for their personal development that they respond well to other members of staff, we encourage this as staff regularly move around rooms thus easing the transitional period.
Children ideally move on when they are age appropriate and are developmentally ready. Thought and care is taken with transition between the groups: Baby Suite, Toddler 1, Toddler 2 and Preschool. Short regular visits are made prior to starting in a new area of the Nursery, including a small group carpet time session where children become familiar with routines and also begin to build a bond with their new Key Person.
There is a full Transitions Policy available to parents which is given on Induction.
Each room has their own daily routine and plan of activities which are displayed for parents. All our children who
attend sessions for lunch with parental consent, participate in brushing their teeth.
There is provision for all children to rest during the day. Sleeping arrangements are always discussed with parents. For babies cots and sleep mats are provided. Older children sleep on mats and have a sleep according to their needs, we do not wake sleeping children. Older children who do not require a daytime sleep have a quiet time appropriate to their needs.
We provide bedding for each child.
We have been awarded 5 stars by Environmental Health for food hygiene rating, the top mark that can be awarded.
The nursery has a separate kitchen where our food is freshly prepared by our experienced chef.
Our menus are produced with the child’s balanced diet in mind, and therefore each meal is prepared using fresh ingredients. Meat, fruit and vegetables are delivered fresh on a regular basis. WE DO NOT USE NUTS IN THE NURSERY. Nutritious and well balanced meals are provided throughout the day. Breakfast is available until 8.30am. A mid morning and afternoon healthy snack with milk or water is provided at approx 10.00am and 2.00pm. A home cooked two course lunch is served at 12.00 noon with a light tea at 4.00pm. Drinking water is always available. Allergies and specific dietary requirements are catered for if previously discussed with the Nursery Manager/Deputy Manager. Young babies have a diet appropriate to their specific needs which contains no salt, sugar or unnecessary additives.
Copies of our menus are displayed in reception and can be copied if required.
Staff are asked to encourage children to relax whilst eating and to respect children’s individual speed of eating.
Children are encouraged to enjoy meal times as social occasions, using good table manners and sensible behaviour.
In Toddler 1 and Preschool, the children also participate in helping to wash and dry their pots.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that we provide covers the care and education of all children from birth to five years, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. It helps us as educators to track and plan for children’s next steps in learning, as they aim towards the Early Learning Goals, which are the expectation for the end of their first year in Primary School.
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn and develop in different ways, having the ability to display different likes, dislikes, interests and preferences. Children learn from the environment, the culture, the routines and the activities and learning experiences presented to them. All teaching is delivered through practical activities and structured play. This begins with parents being closely involved as they inform staff about their child’s interests. Each child will have a key person, who will hold special responsibility for a number of children providing a strong link and relationship with the child’s parents/carers. The children are regularly assessed to monitor their progress and to enable accurate plans to be made for future teaching and learning.
The EYFS is divided up into 7 different areas of learning (See across).
Click here to download a copy of our Early Years policy
There is also a fantastic parent friendly guidance called, 'What to Expect When?' for you to download. This will give you full information of your child’s learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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