The nursery understands that play is something that a child best enjoys. A child’s play has a purpose and can be a step towards the learning and understanding of valuable skills. It can help the child fit into the world physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and grow to be a healthy and competent individual.
The nursery will endeavor to provide children with a stimulating environment, where playing and learning go hand in hand. A varied selection of activities will be provided throughout the day, using both indoor and outdoor activities.
Consideration will be taken to ensure that provision is made for children with special needs and abilities.
A large variety of different mediums, such as shaving foam, corn flour, jelly, spaghetti and dough will be made available. These will provide different tactile and imaginative experiences and will encourage expressive language.
Sand and water
These will be made available on a regular basis. They provide opportunities to experience scientific and mathematical concepts as well as encouraging social and language development.
Activities such as painting, sticking, chalking and box modelling will be made regularly available. Additionally games such as ring games, lotto and snap will encourage conversation and the learning of social skills – taking turns, sharing, winning and losing.
The nursery recognizes the importance of imaginative play to children and will aim to provide rich opportunities to widen the imagination. These will include dolls and accessories, road maps and cars, trains, dressing up clothes and a home corner. Various different play settings will be made available. There is also a selection of construction toys which additionally encourage good hand/eye coordination, counting, sorting, etc.
Tunnels, a ball pool, tricycles, balls, hoops, climbing apparatus, threading, cutting out, music and movement are some of the activities provided.
A variety of books is available for children to look at and read, both under supervision and alone. Children will also be read to as a group each day and encouraged to share books with their peers.
A CD player, television, computer and musical instruments will be available so that in addition to hearing and responding to music children will be encouraged to think about how sounds are produced. There are also many other forms of activities and equipment that the nursery would use in order to promote play with the children.
We really value opportunity to keep and cultivate children’s home language but we recognize necessity introduce children to English language. We take reasonable steps to provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning, supporting their language development at home. Practitioners in the Nursery also ensure that children have sufficient opportunities to learn and reach a good standard in English language.
Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.)
“The Kindergarten with Ace and Christi” program is designed to develop the basic skills which prepare a child to be ready for any state or A.C.E school. Cartoon animal songs and stories, PACEs, physical development activities, and Bible stories are employed to foster quick learning of the letter sounds, to encourage understanding of numbers, to strengthen visual, auditory, and coordination skills, and to build Christian character.
Through the planning of children’s interests, needs and progress, children have the opportunity to explore and discover the outdoors and use a variety of equipment. This will encourage children to make good progress in their development whilst getting physical exercise and fresh air.
Nursery introduces to children the opportunity to care for a few pets: fishes, rabbit and hamster. Children learn about care, safe handling and hygiene by taking everyday care and responsibilities.
Food and drink
Nursery practitioners are committed to promoting healthy eating with children. This is reflected through learning experiences that children are offered on a daily basis including the food they are offered throughout the day. . The nursery offers children cow’s milk or water at snack times and children have access to water throughout the day.
During the Covid- 19 outbreak, outdoor spaces will be used as a part of the learning environment as frequently as possible. Shared resources, outside equipment are limited, cleaned and disinfected more frequently. Children will wash their hands each time they enter their bubble base following the 20 second guidance. Outdoor and indoor toys, resources will be kept for use in a single bubble and cleaned regularly. Sand will not be available. Water play opportunities will be available and water will be changed regularly. Children will wash their hands following the guidance listed before and after messy activities. All activities will be risk assessed.