A positive start to education is one of the most important gifts we can give children in our care.
We believe that learning which is well-planned and delivered with enthusiasm and awareness helps children at all levels to acquire a love of discovery, investigation and new experiences.
At our nursery school, our approach to teaching and learning includes:
- Trained, experienced early years teachers
- Lots of play-based learningIndoor and outdoor learning time
- Plenty of opportunities for fun and experimentation
- Learning that is tailored to the needs of each child
- Dedicated help provided wherever necessary
Our aim is to provide the best possible learning environment for every child who spends time with us.
Our trained teachers and professional support staff manage learning by:
- Promoting self-confidence and self-esteem for every child
- Responding positively to learning needs and styles
- Encouraging friendship, teamwork and embracing diversity
- Develop communication skills, including with singing and story-telling
- Balancing teacher-led opportunities and child-led play
- Using the best resources and techniques for each child
- Keeping up-to-date with best practice
We have wonderful, spacious indoor and outdoor learning areas and we encourage children to explore both in a safe, supervised manner. In particular, our Forest School is a wonderful outdoor facility that introduces children to the wonder and beauty of nature without having to leave the school site.
We encourage children to work and play together, but respect the need for peace and privacy when appropriate. Our children are helped to manage conflict or challenging situations in a positive and pro-active way, listening to others and finding ways to work together.
All our learning areas are safe and secure, allowing children to feel at home wherever they choose to learn.
It’s important that we know how your child is progressing, and that we share that progress with you.
We begin by talking to, listening to and interacting with your child. This gives us a point from which all future assessments can be made.
Our assessments are carried out without interrupting the way your child works and plays. Mostly observational, we look for ways in which your child has progressed, as well as areas in which we think they may need more help.
When looking at a child’s progress, we always remember that every child is different and that learning progression in the early stages of development varies hugely from one child to the next. So all our assessments are based purely on what we think is best for your child.
We keep you up-to-date on your child’s progress at regular intervals, and we can answer any questions you have at any time. When it’s time for your child to leave us and start primary school, we share our assessment with the new school to help them with their own learning preparation.
Your child has the best start when we all work together to help and support them. We welcome all the support and involvement you can give, both when you first bring your child to our nursery school and during their time here.
Talking to your child about their day, sharing books with them, attending any parent/nursery school meetings and getting involved in the life of the nursery school are just some of the ways you can have a positive influence at this important learning and development stage.
Our staff are trained, experienced teachers and support staff who are experts in early years learning. We regularly send staff for additional training, or manage training at the nursery school in order to make sure your child benefits from the latest understanding and teaching techniques.
Our staff have regular personal assessments, and are observed while working with the children so that we can be confident that they are effective in both their teaching and their attitude. Everyone on the staff team is encouraged to bring new ideas and improvements to the school, so that we are constantly improving the way we work with your child.
To find out more about our approach to teaching and learning, please do contact us.