The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare (it covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities). Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. We follow EYFS framework.
The educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as set out under each of the areas of learning in EYFS. The children have choice of indoor and outdoor provision. The children are encouraged to participate in structure activities as well as self initiated ones in their room.
Our aims for every child to be:
Happy, Confident, Valued, Engaged, Curious
· Children to enjoy learning.
· To support children to have faith in their abilities.
· Children to know their ideas and thoughts are important.
· Children who are involved in their learning and have the tools they need to thrive.
· Children who wonder about their world, ask questions and seek answers.
· Children to have the tools and resources they need to practice, embed and build on learning.
Some of the ways we do it:
· By having skilled adults who build nurturing and attentive relationships.
· By providing high quality interactions that build on all the areas of learning.
· by having an accessible environment with open ended and high-quality resources.
· By widening the child’s world with extra experiences
· By recognising the valve in outdoor learning and ensuring it is accessible at all times.
The Nursery has two baby rooms Forget-me-not room and blue bell room. The Forget-me-not room is our cosy sleep room (Staff child ratio is 1:3). The blue bell room is designed for babies to play, crawl and learn to toddle. (for babies and younger 2-3’s). Your child will receive all the loving care he/she requires to grow and develop. A key person will work closely with every child to ensure a warm loving environment similar to the one they have at home where they can build trust.. This enables staff to provide the intimate care your child needs, understanding them as an individual.
In addition, your baby’s development is mainly focused on three prime areas. These are:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Not only do we focus on these key areas, but we also weave development through your child’s day. We achieve this by talking and role-modelling with them during their play. The children are encouraged to access a variety of toys, equipment, and activities, including messy play and heuristic play, encouraging the children to develop with in all the seven areas of EYFS. Children develop at their own rates, and in their own ways. We understand and recognise that a child’s early years of life is critical to his/her development especially babies. They need a warm, stable, secure, stimulating environment, full of interaction and play supported by familiar adults and that is exactly what our staff have been recruited for, their genuine love and care of children. Nappy is changed regularly and recorded, with genuine care and attention to your child’s specific needs.
Children access outside play twice a day. We take babies/toddlers for walks in the village, where they get opportunities to see the village church, the local school, the farm and feed the horses or just a stroll to enjoy the fresh air.
We have two spacious and exciting toddler rooms Daffodil Room and Lavender room (Staff child ratio is 1:5). The space is designed to build independence and curiosity, with lots of learning resources to explore accessible at all times. With your child’s growing independence their reliance on adults is eased slightly but the staff are there to support all the times of need.
Toddlers continue to develop with a focus on the three prime areas and are more fully introduced to four more specific areas that support their growing enthusiasm for exploring their world. These are:
Understanding the world
Expressive art and design.
As our Toddlers go about their play staff set up lots on resources, promoting your child’s curiosity. There will always be space and opportunity for them to create their own work and art, being encouraged to have a go themselves inspired by the world around them. Nappy is changed regularly and recorded, accompanied with support and encouragement in their journey to becoming toilet confident. After lunch the children the opportunity to have a rest/sleep during the course of the day in the Forget-me-not Room.
All bed linen is changed and washed weekly unless otherwise needed using non-biological washing powder.
Pre-school (The staff/child ratio is one adult to eight children for pre-school/a person with Qualified Teacher Status, Early Years Professional Status, Early Years Teacher Status or another approved level 6 qualification, is working directly with the children one to thirteen pre-school children and at least one other member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification).
We have Poppy Room and preschool outside area for pre-school children. The Children in pre-school are encouraged to be autonomous hence we have implemented free flow between the pre-school and outside, enjoying and enriching learning environment that fully supports their individual needs. Children initiate what they want to do, they go and play and then come back to share with their friends what they’ve done. We have guided areas such as a construction area, home corner, book area, messy area and art craft area. To complement these, we provide a range of areas and activities which serve different purposes to inspire your child’s imagination and role play, they’ll be able to safely explore feelings and friendships, develop problem-solving, and have space available where they can have quiet time and reflection. We provide adult led activities, story and singing time in the morning and afternoon session. Key person time is provided in both the sessions for children to work in small groups with their key person. Children are also encouraged to learn about personal hygiene by toileting themselves and washing their hands. A member of staff is always nearby to help and to keep a watchful eye on them.
The children are encouraged to access a variety of toys, equipment, and activities, including messy play and heuristic play, encouraging the children to develop with in all the seven areas of EYFS. To establish good relationships with parents and to work as a team, important information is recorded on a white board. Our outside area is a secure and safe environment where all children can explore various areas of experiences.
The Tulip room is used for clubs. Rothersthorpe provides an excellent play and care facility for school aged children, an ideal facility for working parents. Club gives parents time to drop their children off and still make it to work on time, and close early evening, allowing parents to work a full day. Offering breakfast club, after school care and holiday care, it incorporates a wide range of activities to stimulate and entertain all children.
A full range of activities are available for children e.g. art and craft, creative activities, cookery, board games, parachute games, music activities, dance, drama, Nintendo Wii, computer activities, long walk around the village etc. The children are regularly involved in the planning for the setting and the choice of equipment. Children can access the nursery outdoor area or Rothersthorpe school playground under staff supervision. We endeavour to make each day as fun packed as possible and can take the lead from the children.
Nursery encourages putting a time limit on Computer games so children can experience other areas of learning.