Whatever your child's interests there is sure to be something original to excite and stimulate them at Broomhall. For children who love the great outdoors, our outdoors is really great: there is a cycle track with bikes, trikes and scooters; a mud kitchen; shrubs to climb; a woodland garden and bug hotel, climbing frames and slides; loose parts with which to build and create and when it snows, a hill for sledging. We access the outdoors everyday, whatever the weather. Budding artists will love the continuous provision of creative materials and every year we have a fabulous art show (every child creates a unique art work which is professionally exhibited in the nursery). Weekly science sessions with Dr Len give children the chance to make volcanoes, explore light and colour, go on nature walks and create circuits.
“Adults are constantly interacting with children, talking, developing language, guiding learning and counting. No opportunity is missed to develop numeracy skills, counting, problem solving and measuring. There is always an adult reading to individuals or groups and books are available in all parts of the nursery for children to dip into and enjoy. As a result, a love of reading and respect for books develop.” Ofsted 2014
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) looks at the stages of development from birth to the end of the child’s first year in school (reception year). These years see the greatest growth and learning for your child.
The EYFS is based on 4 overarching principles which shape good practice in early years settings:–
- A unique child. Every child is a unique. They are consistently learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive relationships. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
- Enabling environments. Children learn and develop well in environments where their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and yourself as a parent and/or carer.
- Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of your child within the early years setting, including children with additional needs.
So what does this mean for you and your child?
The EYFS supports practitioners to provide play experiences that enable your child to expand their knowledge and skills to support their individual learning and development in their early years. As practitioners we recognise your child’s strengths and areas they may need additional support with. This support may come from within the nursery or from other professionals. It is important for your child to feel secure in their surroundings, this is aided by having a ‘Key Person’ within the setting who will get to know you and your child well and build a strong and interactive relationship with you both. Your child’s key person is based in your child’s classroom and spends quality time with their key children as individuals and in their group. If your child’s key person is unavailable other practitioners in the classroom will be able to support you and your child as they will also have a good relationship with you both.
The activities and experiences that we provide for your child will underpin the skills they need to work towards the Early Learning Goals in the following 7 areas:
- Communication and language
- Physical Development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
Our staff are all level 3 qualified Early Years practitioners or qualified teachers. They use their knowledge and experience to provide planned activities and projects. We extend your child’s learning through these and your involvement is paramount to achieve this. When we plan for your child’s learning we really appreciate any feedback you can share about their interests, events at home, special celebrations or activities at nursery that have captured their imagination. The vital personal discussions you have with us help us to make sure we provide the very best for your child at Broomhall. It is in partnership with parents that we use our observations to plan future activities and projects around your children’s current interests, needs and the world around them. This will help develop their independence and life skills for their future.
Your child has an individual learning journey where we record observations, photos and other information that is kept as an on-going record of their developmental journey. As a commitment to your child it is important that we regularly meet and discuss your child’s progress and look towards their future next steps. We offer termly meetings at which you can see your child's learning journey and talk to staff about their development.
If you have any further questions about early education or the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) please talk to your child’s key person who will be able to offer further information.