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Play

It is obvious to all who enter the Nursery that the children spend a great deal of time playing, in addition to the more structured part of the sessions. Play is an integral part of the curriculum and has a purpose. To the young child play is a very serious activity; it is his work and the means by which he learns about himself, the world and others. The curriculum includes personal and social education, creative development (i.e. art craft and music), maths, knowledge and understanding of the world (i.e. geography history and science), physical development, and conversation, literacy and language development.

Behaviour

We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learn without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. In any case of misbehaviour, a child or children may be given time out to let the situation cool, the child will then be invited back into the session. It will always be made clear to the child or the children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome. Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion. Good behaviour will be praised. Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole Nursery, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause.

Recording Progress

During the time your child is at Nursery, the staff will make observations and keep records about the activities that your child has been involved in, his learning and development. These will, with your permission, be transferred to the school you have chosen when your child enters primary education. Your child’s records and “learning journal” are open to your inspection upon request. Learning Journals are shared normally once a term and you are welcome to add your own comments and observations.

Special Educational Needs

The Nursery aims to have regard to the DfEE Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of Special Educational Needs, and to provide a welcome, and appropriate learning opportunities for all children. We work in liaison with staff outside the Nursery, including therapists, health visitors, psychologists, social workers, paediatricians and Portage workers, if the need arises, to meet a child’s specific needs. Our staff attend when ever possible in-service training on special needs.





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