Early years CurriculumAt Good Manors Day Nursery we provide an Early Years Curriculum for all the children in our care. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework aims to provide & support a child’s learning, development & welfare from 0 – 5 years. Putting the Principles into practiceThe principles which guide the work of all early years Practitioners are grouped into four themes: A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected. The six areas of Learning and Development are: 1. Personal, Social and Emotional development: children will be provided with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. 2. Communication, Language and Literacy: children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening, being read to and beginning to read and write will be supported and extended. 3. Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy: children will be supported to use their knowledge and skills to solve problems, work with numbers and counting, sorting and matching and with shape, space and measures. 4. Knowledge and Understanding of the World: children will be supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. 5. Physical development: children will be supported in developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food. 6. Creative development: children will be supported to extend their curiosity, exploration and play through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities.
Meeting the individual needs of all children lies at the heart of the EYFS. Therefore here at Good Manors we will promote a positive attitude to diversity and difference within all children. This includes making sure all children and families feel included, safe and valued. A key person will be assigned to your child at the start of your child’s attendance at the nursery.
We will plan for each child’s individual care and learning requirements, which will help us to identify and respond to at an early stage to needs which may lead to the development of learning difficulties.
It is very important that Practitioners and parents work together to support their child. Practitioners will plan a curriculum by observing and reflecting on children’s spontaneous play, and will keep parents regularly informed of their child’s progress by displaying work and photographs and writing daily/weekly reports.
It is important to note that children will not necessarily progress at the same rate since the Development matters columns found in the EYFS do not represent age-related goals. Some elements may appear to have been achieved quickly, others will take much longer.
The EYFS especially focuses on continuous provision; this enables the child to feel that everything has a place and that it will be there whenever he/she wants it. That the key person assigned to them will be there to support them, to offer encouragement and provide a trusting relationship. This will make the child feel safe and secure when attending the nursery, and will help the child flourish in their environment. Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it is through play that they develop intellectually, creativity, physically, socially and emotionally. By providing well-planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outdoors, is an important way in which key persons support young children to learn with enjoyment and challenge.
We will also set appropriate challenges for gifted and talented children.
If a child attends more than one setting the nursery will ensure effective continuity and progression by sharing relevant information with them.
"The Good Manor's day nursery, Manor Lodge Pre-school offer - and aim to continue to offer - a caring, stimulating environment for our children to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually in preparation for school."