At St Neot Nursery, we aim to provide a happy, secure, friendly and stimulating environment where children learn and have fun together, supported by an enthusiastic and professional staff team. Your children will arrive at Nursery as experienced learners, bringing from home a great deal of knowledge about themselves and their world. We hope to be able to work together to build on, and extend their developing interests, skills and experiences.
In Nursery, we provide a broad, balanced and rich nursery education through a range of activities within both the indoor and outdoor learning environments. The environment itself is carefully planned so that provision in each area helps develops skills and supports the learning of all children in the setting. Each area is enhanced with resources that focus on the children’s interests and promote curiosity and exploration.
The seven areas of learning for Early Years children in which the learning and experiences are planned towards are:
Alongside this, we also respond to the seasons and the calendar, giving a ‘shape’ to the children’s year in Nursery. This provides special, one-off opportunities for exploration and learning such as festivals that are celebrated by groups of people emphasising togetherness and participation with one another e.g. Easter, Diwali, Mother’s Day, Chinese New Year, St Piran’s Day.
Creativity runs through the whole curriculum, with each experience offering opportunities for children to make choices, think through solutions to problems and find unique ways of expressing their ideas through talking, drawing, painting, creating models, making music, singing, dancing and moving, enabling them to become confident and independent learners.
In the nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Nursery is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born, their Early Years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; as well as support their development, care and learning needs.
In line with the Development Matters and the characteristics of effective teaching, our staff reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust in their practice appropriately. The three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
At St Neot Nursery, we value the views of parents and understand the importance of parents and professionals working together. To that end, we work hard to build excellent working relationships with all parents and carers.