A typical day
Our approach to learning and development and assessment:
Learning through play
Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance on education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves and activities planned and led by practitioners.
Montessori Approach to Learning
As a Montessori Nursery we aim to include the EYFS through Montessori education. This provides children the resources to offer them positive discipline, good mannerisms and some structure through Montessori resources of Literacy, Mathematics, Practical Life skills, Sensorial and Understanding of the World.
The setting's timetable and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the day in our setting are provided in ways that:
§ help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting;
§ ensure the safety of each child;
§ help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
§ provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
Our sessions will run term time only from 8:45am to 3:15pm daily. We support half day sessions with mornings or afternoon; monday to friday or full day sessions.
The sessions provided
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor hall. We take into account of children's changing energy levels throughout the day. We cater for children's individual needs for rest and quiet activities during the day especially if they remain for a full day session of 6 hours.
Snacks and meals
We make snacks and meals a social time at which children and adults eat together. Snacks provide the children with healthy and nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables. Healthy packed lunches are provided by families if their child remains for a full day.
We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off, and putting on, outdoor clothes. Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this. We have uniform in place to promote school readiness.