Our ethos is to place the child at the centre of all we do. Our activities and curriculum are planned within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to improve each child’s outcome. We ensure that every child is treated uniquely and is constantly learning to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Our children are encouraged to be strong and independent forming positive relationships and they learn and develop well in an enabling environment. Our staff respond to their individual needs, nurturing each child and we foster a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers. We are mindful that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. This includes all the children in our nursery, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
We strongly believe in learning through play whist covering all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is to encourage children to:
- feel safe and secure
- develop curiosity
- be sociable
- have consideration for others
In addition to language and literacy, numeracy, creative activities, physical skills and knowledge of the world about them, we also offer French and dance sessions along with opportunities for outings locally and further afield.
We are Ofsted approved and provide the Nursery education grant for the over threes.
Our ethos is to place the child at the centre of all we do. Our activities and curriculum are planned within the framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The overarching aim of the EYFS is to improve each child’s outcome and reflect that it is every child’s right to grow up safe; healthy; enjoying and achieving; making a positive contribution; and with economic wellbeing.
The three prime areas of learning are personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, and physical development, as well as four specific areas of learning: literacy, maths, expressive arts and design, and understanding the world.
A typical day will include sand and water play, malleable, painting and creative, imaginative and domestic play, role play, stories and singing with weekly music, French, Yoga and cooking groups.
Regular outings are made to the park and library, and relevant places the children are learning about. Our staff carefully plan the curriculum with regard to the group and individuals stages and interests, so ensuring that every child is valued and included, makes progress at their own rate and no child gets left behind.
Early years concepts such as colours, shapes and numbers, etc. are introduced from the start, in a relaxed and enjoyable way. The children progress to learning pre-reading, reading, maths and writing skills.
At whatever stage your child has reached when they start at Toots Day Nursery we will nurture them and encourage them to grow as individuals.
The equipment in each room has been carefully selected to stimulate the child’s imagination, help their physical development and promote social interaction.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.