In our Nursery children work in a happy secure atmosphere where they feel valued and receive a curriculum that recognises God’s wonderful world and makes his love known and felt.
The Curriculum can be described in many ways but to us the curriculum is every experience your child has during the time they spend in Nursery, planned activities and routine events. The curriculum is every experience your child will encounter in a day.
The curriculum is delivered through the EYFS Framework (Early Years Foundation Stage). It became mandatory in September 2008 and is the new regulatory and quality framework for the provision of learning, development and care for children from birth to five.
The EYFS recognises every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support to fulfil their potential and we do this through the four distinct, but complimentary themes as laid out in the EYFS.
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
Play underpins the curriculum provision. Children have the opportunity to play indoors and outdoors on a daily basis. Children play spontaneously, although they will be given adult support when needed.
It is through play the children will develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
At St Bernadette’s we recognise that through play children will:
- Explore the world around them
- Practise and build up ideas
- Learn to understand the need for rules
- Take risks and make mistakes
- Think creatively and imaginatively
- Learn to communicate with others and investigate and solve problems.
Progress is measured in smaller steps known as the Early Learning Goals.
These cover seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social, Emotional Development - developing confidence and independence, self esteem, turn taking, sharing
- Communication, Language - listening and attention, understanding and technology
- Literacy: reading and writing
- Mathematics - developing an understanding of shape and space, numbers and counting, pattern and problem solving
- Understanding of the World - investigating science, technology, history, geography, beliefs and cultures
- Physical Development - developing skills such as running, jumping, balancing, cutting and drawing
- Expressive Art and Design - developing imaginary play, construction, modelling, music, rhythm and patterns of sound, drawing, painting, exploration using all senses
Your child will be provided with appropriate activities and experiences, planned across all seven areas of learning and development that will
- Support and encourage their thinking and learning
- Build on their previous experiences
- Acknowledge their natural enthusiasm and need to be active learners
- Respect the cultural differences and abilities of all children
- Respond to their individual needs and their interests
- Promote their independence and encourage them to learn and think for themselves
Our ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development processes. This takes place in the form of observations and the outcomes are shared and discussed with parents on a regular basis.
We recognise that as parents you are the first educators of your child and we value your contributions. Your child’s learning at home will be taken into account and we will ensure you are kept up to date with your child’s progress.