At Little Me Day Nurseries we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), as set out by the Department for Education. Ofsted our governing body, use this framework when inspecting nurseries and early years settings and give gradings according to how well these guidelines have been interpreted and applied.
We use the EYFS document as a guideline to ensure that we are offering a play-based curriculum which supports all aspects of a child’s learning and development and that the needs of every individual child are met including children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and English as an Additional Language (EAL). The standards made statutory by the EYFS will reassure parents that their children will be safe and well looked after. It also emphasises the importance of working closely with parents.
Our daily education programme centers around the individual needs of children and their interests in the following 7 areas of learning:
Pre-School children have a slightly more structured programme of daily phonics and we provide books from the Oxford Reading system for children to continue their reading at home as well as handwriting books, phonics games and practice sheets.
At our nurseries our outdoor play experiences aim to:
Support the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being and experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons
Help children to understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants, and life-cycles
Encourage children’s problem-solving skills and nurture their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness
The “Development Matters” document demonstrates how the four themes (A Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments and Learning & Development) and the principles that inform them work together for children in the EYFS.
We use “Development Matters” as part of daily observations, assessment and planning for children. We can also use it as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements, with parents and colleagues, in relation to whether a child is showing typical development, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. We will record this information in a Learning Journal and keep parents informed of their child’s progress through handovers, parent’s evenings and nursery events.
We operate an open door policy and welcome parents to come and speak with us in the office if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development. You are also welcome to book an appointment with your child’s key carer if you would like to discuss your child’s progress in more detail.