Welcoming Your Child
Children are starting the FOUNDATION STAGE of their education which runs from age 3 and continues until the end of reception year in primary school. The document ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ forms the basis for education from birth to five. Its sets out the correct ratios and welfare requirements. It states that education should be put into practice four principles:
A Unique child
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
We understand that every child is an individual with different needs and desires. Our staff will work in partnership with the parent/carer to ensure the settling in period is relaxed and flexible.
If possible a member of staff will undertake a home visit before your child starts their settling in period to gain a wider picture of your child’s stage and level of development. Also this gives the staff, parent/carer and child, to familiarise themselves with each other to make the transition between home and nursery smooth.
A visit to the nursery with your child would be required in order for your child to familiarise themselves with the environment and staff. How long the settling period is for is based on the child. In conjunction with our nursery staff we aim to make this a smooth transitional period for your child. There is no charge for this settling in period.
The Early Years Foundation Stage identifies characteristics of effective learning:
Playing and exploring – engagement
Active learning – motivation
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
There are three prime areas of learning, and these are:
Then there are four specific areas of learning, and these are:
To find out more about the curriculum wiggly worms day nursery is following, please refer to the DfE publication ‘Early Years Outcomes’ which can be found by following the link below.
8.00am –NURSERY OPENS/ BREAKFAST / FREE PLAY (Breakfast finishes at 9am)
Activities available to suit the age and stage of children’s needs to encourage language, confidence and independence/key groups times
9.30am - CIRCLETIME/SNACKTIME
Children are encouraged to sit in a group and join in singing nursery rhymes, talk about their weekend, topic of the month, various activities and help themselves to fruits and water.
10.00am - ADULT LED & CHILD INTIATED ACTIVITIES INDOORS & OUTDOORS
Focus and planned activities following the nursery planning
11.30am - LUNCHTIME
Time for socialising where all the children and staff eat together.
12.15am - 2.00pm - QUIET TIME / NAP TIME
Children are encouraged to take a nap; children that do not sleep take part in quiet activities indoors or outdoor activities
2.00pm- ADULT LED &CHILD INTIATIED ACTIVTIES INDOORS & OUTDOORS
Focus and planned activities following the nursery planning.
3.00pm - TEA TIME/ FREEPLAY INDOORS & OUTDOORS
Light snack with milk/water
Activities in nursery available for stimulation and adult interaction/key group times
5:00pm - FREE PLAY / WINDING DOWN TIME
Calm environment, group and table top activities, stories, outdoors
6:00pm - NURSERY CLOSES