At Twiglet’s Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which, encompasses, the Early Learning Goals. The EYFS is the curriculum designed for children aged 0-5 years old. Twiglets Nursery used the learning outcomes in the EYFS for all the activities the children engage in while at the setting. All nurseries are required by law to follow this curriculum.

The EYFS can be downloaded here; EYFS-2012

We believe children learn through play and if the environment is laid out to be conducive to stimulate their senses and yet comfortable enough to feel secure they will learn through exploration and discovery.

Learning needs structure yet freedom to nurture the individual within.

Children need order in their world to feel secure.

We provide activities to allow the children to develop at their own pace yet be there for them when they may need help, to follow through their ideas or to help challenge their abilities. Please see our as an example of our curriculum approach;

Quote from Ofsted about our curriculum “Learning should always be fun!”

We concentrate initially on the child’s well-being. If the child is emotionally happy all other areas of development will follow naturally. Please see our policy on 7_1_Promoting_Positive_Behaviour.

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Coming together in a Nursery environment may be daunting for a child who has never left his/her parent/carer, or who has not socialised with another child. We show the children by example to show kindness and care for each other. We encourage every child to see himself/herself as an individual yet enjoy each other’s cultural differences and learn that the world is a rich and varied place full of different ways of looking, dressing and thinking.

The experienced, qualified, Practitioners, are given a group of children who they build up a relationship with whilst playing and monitoring closely by observation, recording and assessment. (Key Person) This approach helps the Practitioner recognise and interpret each child’s needs and interests based on their stages of development and personalities. They can then present the child with appropriate materials or activities to suit their abilities.

The children range in age between 2-5years so it is important to cater for their individual needs and development. The children move freely around the nursery and learn how to play and behave just as they would in a family unit. The older child can teach the younger child whilst the older child learns how to be patient and considerate to the younger child. We aim for all the children to experience a sense of belonging, security, enjoyment and respect for themselves and each other.

We teach the children self-help skills such as dressing; taking off/putting on, their coats, socks and shoes, using cutlery and fastening their zipper or buttons. We encourage good hygiene habits and to be polite and caring to others.

We make the children aware of their environment inside; by sweeping, wiping tables and by putting their equipment used, back where it came from, and outside by caring for the plants, growing vegetables to eat and recycling our produce e.g. for the compost, paper, plastic or garden waste.

We plan days out to interesting places whether local or further afield and we encourage the Parents and Carers to be involved, to see education, as a partnership between the Nursery School and home.

Parents / Grandparents and Carers are invited in to Nursery to share their knowledge, stories and interests with the children. They learn a sense of time as they listen to tales of past experiences and look at photographs displaying different clothes, machinery, vehicles or of themselves as babies.

We discuss and share our five senses to help the child develop and refine them. This encourages their observation skills and to become more aware of themselves and the world around them.

Many of these personal and social activities involve other areas of the curriculum such as mathematical, communication and language when describing their properties and impressions. We also teach mathematical concepts in our everyday activities such as playing in the role-play area, sand, water, puzzles, clay, small-world play, comparing size, colour, shape and texture. This is then followed or accompanied by the symbols 0-10. The children will be shown items to match, sequence, sort, and count. They will be using addition and subtraction by activities such as counting how many boys and how many girls are present long before they will use the symbols plus and minus.

Language is developed through songs, rhymes, stories, drama, role-play and the teaching of the letter sounds (phonics). We then move on to word build and recognition and then on to book reading when ready.

We teach in whole groups, small groups and individually, for all areas of teaching as all children learn differently. Teaching in the Early Years should guide the development of children’s cognitive, behavioural, physical and emotional capabilities.

We accept and welcome all children whatever their culture, social standing, ethnicity, or ability.

We welcome questions about our practice and encourage a Parent forum, to represent their voice and ideas.

We strive to be part of the community and actively encourage the families to learn what is available for them in their local children’s centre or clinics.