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Curriculum Statement


Intent

At First Class Nursery the curriculum is designed to recognise your child’s prior learning and experiences, whether from home or a previous setting, and to build on those experiences.  We aim to develop resilience, empathy, ambition, curiosity and critical thinking.  Every child is unique, and we celebrate and welcome difference within our nursery family.


Children will develop a sense of belonging and learn about the community around them.  In order to become confident learners we teach basic skills, values, and develop knowledge.


We enhance learning in the moment, and maximise learning opportunities to engage and stimulate your child, whilst delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).


We believe nursery life, as an introduction to learning, should be a happy and positive experience where a love of learning and a positive attitude is developed.


Children will leave our nursery with the personal tools required, ready to start their reception year at school.  They will have confidence and skills to continue to thrive, and build on the foundations that our care and quality of teaching has given them.
 

Intent

Implementation

We follow the EYFS, and deliver it in an age and developmentally appropriate way across our 3 rooms.
The prime areas of learning as they are known,  are fundamental.  Once children are secure in these areas, they will begin to flourish in the more specific areas. The prime areas form the foundation for effective learning, and we focus on these areas of development throughout your child’s nursery life.
All of our activities, resources and daily routines are linked to areas of the EYFS.


Prime areas:
Personal, social and emotional development
Physical Development
Communication and language


Specific areas:
Literacy
Maths
Understanding of the world
Expressive art and design


When a child first joins us we will spend some time getting to know them and link them with a keyworker.  We will have some time with you during settling in sessions and complete an ‘all about me’ sheet to gain as much knowledge and understanding about your child,  likes and interests, routines at home,  heath and care needs, and anything else we need to know. We use this information along with our own observations of your child to support settling in, and help us plan effectively for their development progress and emotional wellbeing.


Our provision consists of a wide range of resources which covers all areas of learning, and activities are carefully planned to consider the developmental needs as well as the interests of the children. We operate a free flow system to our outdoor areas so the children can come in and out throughout the day. Our outdoor areas serve as an extension of our indoor learning environments, and is essential for physical development, heath and wellbeing, understanding the world, and learning about science and nature. We aim to spend as much time as we can outdoors each day.


We use a varied choice of resources, and include ‘loose parts’, which are open ended, none prescriptive resources that promote problem solving, and theoretical reasoning.  Loose parts enhance a child’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, as they can use them in their own way.  It adds a sense of adventure and excitement to a child’s play.


We set up loose part activities as well as use them to accessorise and enhance our learning areas and play spaces.


Our daily routines are also excellent learning opportunities which support personal social and emotional development, teach basic skills and responsibilities, independence, and encourage good personal care habits.  Children benefit from consistency.  Routines also give children a sense of security and control over their environment, promotes positive behaviour, supports group interactions and peer relationships.
Our team of staff are qualified and a variety  of training is undertaken to ensure their professional development remains relevant up to date. We have a strong team with a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience of early years care and education.


If your child has an additional learning or care need, we will work alongside other agencies as required to ensure your child receives the support they need. Partnership working with other professionals is paramount.


Every term we track your child’s development and plan for the following term accordingly. We review this every half term to ensure progress is being made, and activities and resources offered are effective and supporting your child’s progression. We focus on the areas that your child needs the most support, and they will benefit from 1:1, small group and whole group focus activities.


We will share your child’s progress with you termly and discuss our next areas of focus. We will ask for your feedback and for your own contribution regarding how your child is getting on at home. We can share ideas with you about how you can support your child’s learning and we can work together towards helping your child achieve their next steps.


Prior to each transition to the next room, up to date development tracking and information is shared with their new key worker to ensure a consistent approach to their learning journey.
 

Implementation

Impact

The impact of our curriculum delivery is measured in a number of ways.  On going observations and assessment of your child – these help us monitor progress of your child as well as evaluate the quality of the learning provision we are offering. We constantly assess what we offer, the resources, layout of the room, levels of engagement, staff interactions,  quality of teaching in all areas, to ensure we are meeting the needs of all of our children. We also use audit tools for our room assessments which Managers carry out. We have room development plans to ensure we are continuously evaluating our practise. Self evaluation enables us to highlight our strengths and what we do well, but also identify areas for further improvement.


We also measure our impact by seeing how well our pre school children are prepared for transition to school.  Also,  by seeing the values, skills and attitudes that have been embedded during their time with us. The attributes that will continue to support them, and they will carry with them on their lifelong learning journey.

Impact