At Kingfishers Day Nursery practitioners work together to develop children’s self-esteem and confidence to enable every child to reach their full potential.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. (‘The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.’ DfE March 2014).
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. In our nursery all children join us throughout the year at all ages from 3 Months – 5 years
The EYFS is based upon four principles:
A Unique Child
At Kingfishers Day Nursery we recognize that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We know that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by their setting and home environments and we begin to build links with the families. We observe how each child learns to gain an understanding of the characteristics they develop to become effective learners. We use questioning, praise and encouragement to develop a positive attitude to learning and high self-esteem. They are taught to be observant, investigative, curious, determined, imaginative, adventurous, co-operative and to use reasoning. Children begin to understand the concept of the growth mindset. They are taught that they can ‘grow their brains’ so that they understand that everyone can learn with practice and effort. The children are taught how to learn and how to become successful learners.
All children and their families are valued within our Nursery. We value the diversity of individuals within the Nursery and do not discriminate because of differences. All children at Kingfishers Day Nursery are treated fairly regardless of race, religion or stage of learning. We do not group children based on notions of fixed ability. We teach the children that practice and effort lead to learning and improvement. In the early years the children begin to learn to take responsibility for their learning and begin to understand the concept of challenge.
We give our children every opportunity to achieve their best by taking account of our children’s range of life experiences when planning for their learning. Planning for children with additional needs is in line with the Special Educational Needs & Disability policy.
In the EYFS we have realistic and challenging expectations and meet the needs of all our children through:
planning opportunities that build upon and extend children’s knowledge, experience and interests and develop their self-esteem and confidence through a creative curriculum and learning environment
using a wide range of teaching strategies based on children’s learning needs
providing a wide range of opportunities and environments to motivate and support children and to help them to learn effectively
providing a safe and supportive learning environment in which each child’s contribution is valued
monitoring children’s progress and taking action to provide support as necessary
It is vital that all children in the Nursery are safe although Children should be allowed to take risks, but need to be taught how to recognise and avoid hazards both in the real and virtual world.
At Kingfishers Day Nursery we recognize that children learn to be confident and independent through the development of secure relationships. We develop caring, respectful, professional relationships with the children and their families.
Parents as Partners
We recognise the important role parents play in educating the children. We do this by:
Staff develop good relationships with all children, interacting positively with them and taking time to listen to them.
At Kingfishers Day Nursery we recognize that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending the children’s development. The role of both the indoor and outdoor environment in learning/organisation of learning provides opportunities for child initiated activities reflecting their interests where they can develop gross motor skills, social skills etc. We provide stimulating resources which are accessible and open-ended so they can be used, moved and combined in a variety of ways.
Observation, Assessment and Planning
The Planning within the EYFS starts with the Long Term Plan in conjunction with KS1 Medium Term Plans are written termly and used by the EYFS practitioners as a guide for weekly planning. A weekly focus is based on the learning objectives linked to the EY curriculum and shared with all EYFS staff. We plan first hand experiences and provide opportunities for challenges appropriate to the development of the children.
Assessment in the EYFS takes the form of observation, and this involves the Practitioners. These observations are recorded in a variety of forms in the children’s individual learning folders. They also contain information provided by parents and other settings.
Learning and Development
At Kingfishers Day Nursery we recognize that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. We value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are interconnected. The children have time and freedom to become deeply involved in the activities and their learning.
Areas of Learning
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:
These areas are delivered throughout the topic and linked closely together. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.
The EYFS classes have their own outdoor area used all year round in all weathers. Being outdoors encourages learning in different ways. It offers the children more opportunities to be creative and explore on a larger scale as well as to be physically active linking the indoors and outdoors together.
Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. In their play, children can be inquisitive, creative, questioning and experimental and will learn at their highest level. Playing with their peers is important for children’s development.
Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. The adults model play and play sensitively with the children fitting in with their plans and ideas. The children are encouraged to try new activities and judge risks for themselves. We talk to them about how we get better at things through effort and practice and that we can all learn when things go wrong. They practice and build up ideas learning how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own.