While at nursery every child has the opportunity to have fun and without knowing it learn through play. We believe this is the best way of learning and ideas learnt now will stay with your child long into the future.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE) is one of the building blocks of success in life. It supports children’s development by helping them to interact with their friends and adults around them. However, this relies on influential adults such as parents and carers providing children with positive feedback and modelling appropriate behaviour.
All of us are social beings and are ready for communicating right from birth. Babies love to hear the voices of familiar people and will turning when they speak, reaching out, babbling, and making facial signs such as smiles to communicate back. Communicating seems to be an in-built drive – and relies as much on non-verbal means as on spoken communication. Our children learn to listen and understand then verbal communicate back to us. As well as communicating through words children begin to communicate their ideas by making marks – at the beginning these marks are simply physical explorations of what the paint or pencil will do, but eventually children begin to give some meaning to the marks they make and this can lead into many types of communication including drawing, writing and creating pictures or models.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children should have many opportunities to use fine motor skills, gross motor skills and other aspects of physical development across a broad range of the activities and experiences.
Understanding of number can start from birth and develops slowly. Children develop an awareness of number names, and with the right support from the adults around them, use these in their speech as soon as they talk. Children hear conversation all around them and they are introduced to number through opportunities that occur in everyday life.
We make the most of everyday routines and talk about the quantity of children who are in the room, playing in the sand, listening to the story. Talk about how many pieces of fruit there are on the plate etc.
Children learn number names in order by counting along with an adult and joining in with rhymes and songs so a number of our songs include counting both up and down.
Creativity is about taking risks and making connections while playing. Creativity emerges as children become absorbed in action & explorations of their own ideas, expressing them through movement. Making & transforming things using media & materials such as crayons, paints, scissors, words, sounds, movement, props & make believe. We use a wide variety of media to help develop our children's creativity using not just paint etc but music and dance as well.
As children develop speaking & listening skills they build the foundations for literacy, for making sense of visual & verbal signs & ultimately for reading & writing. We give our children lots of opportunities to interact with others as they develop these skills, & to use a wide variety of resources for expressing their understanding, including mark making, drawing and reading.
Babies & children find out about the world through exploration and need regular opportunities to learn about different ways of life and the world around them. We give our children plenty of opportunity to do this by allowing them to expore the environment around them and as a nursery with children from a variety of cultures we have plenty of opportunity to celebrate the lives of everyone around us.