Curriculum

Children are given plenty of opportunities to make choices in their play, which encourages independence, problem solving, negotiating and risk taking skills. Every Child is unique and adults make room for this in their planning. We provide a learning environment both indoor and outdoor so that Children have fun, learn through their play, are challenged, supported and questioned by staff.
Children are supported to engage in free flow play through self – initiated experiences. Our environment is divided into curriculum areas that support active learning. Experiences are planned around children’s interests and key person knowledge of each child’s next steps. There are seven areas of learning and development around the EYFS that practitioners use to plan Child-Led or Adult- Led activities. When children leave to move onto school, they are confident, assured children who are well prepared and ready for the challenges school has to offer them.
Our staff have a diverse range of experience and knowledge that they bring into the setting and are continuously developing their skills and knowledge.
A qualified Early Years Teacher with the Children Centre provides professional input to our Staff, Children and Parents.
We hold 2 open days a year where parents can come in and experience a typical day at Nursery and meet with their child’s Key Person to discuss their progress.

To understand more about the EYFS, please click here:

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/
www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/a0068102/early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs

Assesment
We use an on-line learning journal to track children’s development and plan future activities in line with the EYFS. This will enable us to work more efficiently with our Parents as partners. Each observation we make will be done directly onto a mobile app and linked into your child’s personal profile. These observations can include notes, photographs, videos and EYFS assessments and they can be enhanced by comments from you as Parents. You will be able to view the complete set of observations as a learning journey, flipping through your child’s observation pages, in time-order, or filtering in flexible ways to access your favourite records, and bookmark your favourites for quick access.

Inclusion
We plan learning experiences to ensure, as far as practical, there is equality of opportunity for all children and a celebration of diversity.
We take great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they are an adult or a child. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin, or political belief has no place within our Nursery. We work closely with the local authority inclusion team; they support our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and staff with training.

Safeguarding
The welfare of any child is of paramount importance.
All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
All staff (paid/unpaid) working with children and young people in Grace Nursery have a responsibility to report concerns to the Manager or Designated Person.

Aims and objectives
Our aims are:
• to provide a safe environment for children to learn in;
• to establish what actions the Nursery can take to ensure that children remain safe, at home as well as at Nursery;
• to raise the awareness of all staff to these issues, and to define their roles and responsibilities in reporting possible cases of abuse;
• to identify children who are suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm;
• to ensure effective communication between all staff on child protection issues;
• to set down the correct procedures for those who encounter any issue of safeguarding
• Ensure effective communication between staff with regard to information sharing.

Designated Persons for the Nursery are:
Karen Stephens – Manager
Linda Osiyemi – Deputy Manager

The full details of our Nursery policies can be viewed by our Parents in the Nursery and a Parent handbook is given to all Parents who use the Nursery.