We ensure your child’s development and social needs are catered for in the following ways.
When children join us from age 2, we put a number of strategies into place to ensure a smooth transition from home to nursery.
We offer a bespoke settling in time for you and your child, including time with the keyperson for your child where we find out as much as we can about your child to make a smooth transition.
Supported by our knowledgeable team, children can take part in worthwhile learning experiences across all seven areas of learning of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) in which ever area they decide to occupy.
This is one of the most important areas in which to build a strong foundation for children’s learning. We want the children to enjoy and achieve in all areas. This area is a good foundation for that to begin.
Our key persons ensure that the children have a secure base to which to return when they are settling in. We will facilitate children building positive relationships with their peers and teachers. The children will be given the opportunity to join in play with small and larger groups.
Our environment is set up to encourage children to self-select their own activities and develop their self-confidence. The planning is designed around children’s interests and children are encouraged to express their preferences.
At Toddletown we take a holistic approach to learning, ensuring that every moment is a learning opportunity. Our staff take time to listen to the children and engage with to them throughout the session.
Children can access books independently. Teachers read books to the children spontaneously and will provide books that are of particular interests to the individual child.
Areas within the environment such as our role play area have been designed to encourage children to develop their communication and language skills. Familiar photos are displayed for the children and children are regularly taken on trips in the local area.
Children have the opportunity to develop their physical skills in the nursery room and the outdoor learning environment. Low level shelves and easily accessible toys are available for the children. These ensure that the children consolidate any new learning experience. Motor skills are refined through block building, puzzles and artwork, which are available indoors for the children. The support provided ensures that a strong base is set for mark making and early writing experiences. We also promote gross motor skills such as walking, running, balancing, and climbing indoors by clearing an area in our large open plan space to set up obstacle courses.
The outdoor learning environment is designed for the children to learn in the seven areas of the curriculum outside as well as inside. Our teachers ensure that there are challenging activities for the children outside that will stretch them and encourage them to challenge themselves.
Children have the opportunity to make marks and practice their early writing skills in all areas of the nursery. Our teachers ensure that when the children are ready to move on from the nursery to school they have a love of writing and realise that they are writing for a purpose and not “just because”. These fun writing experiences are available for the children to learn through play, for example, writing with magic wands in sand trays or taking the order in the role play restaurant.
Children are shown that words in their environment mean something, for example, children are taken on local trips and shown the words around them. Children quickly understand that the words on street signs, shop windows or logos have a meaning.
Maths is everywhere. Rather than flashcards and set-maths areas, our teachers teach the children that maths is all around them and it can be used in a very practical way. There may be simple activities that children can be involved in such as setting the table, counting the children’s cups, pairs etc. We work with numbers with the children so that they can quantify their learning. Rather than simply counting 1 to 10 the children will be encouraged to answer questions such as “What number comes before……?” The planning in the nursery is built around individual children. So if your child has the ability to count to a hundred we will continue to challenge them to count higher.
Teachers encourage children to see numbers in their environment such as door numbers and car registration plates. Also, to look at shapes in their environment, for example, to recognize that the clock is a circle shape. Children will be encouraged to estimate numbers and be given introductions to simple fractions and taught how these skills will problem solve for them, for example, how to cut a pizza to share it equally among four.
There is a big wide world beyond the borders of Toddletown Nursery. Children are encouraged to explore these areas with the support of their key persons. We support the children’s curiosity and show an interest in their own and other communities/groups of people.
The world of technology is forever changing and at a rapid rate, although children will not be immersed in this technology all day long, our teachers will explain to the them how modern technology can assist them in their lives. For example, if a child is interested in volcanoes they may be supported using an iPad to discover more about the subject.
Children take part in activities that inform them about cultures different to their own. We aim for these to be a fun learning experience and answer any questions they may have.
Our teachers encourage children to express themselves through media, such as, painting or mark making. The children’s work is displayed for all to see and give the children a sense of ownership of their environment. Our teachers ensure that it is the children’s own work that is displayed without any adult manipulation. We want children to be inspired to make their own creations, use their own colours, in three and two dimensions, using paint, play dough, gloop, boxes, loose parts etc.
Children are introduced to new songs and music on their journey throughout the nursery. If they come home singing new songs our staff will gladly teach you the words!