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3 PLUS CHILDREN— WHAT WE DO

Within the Nursery, all children are supported in developing their potential at their own pace. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which leads to nationally approved learning outcomes and prepares children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum at the age of five years.

Children learn through play and we aim to offer a warm and friendly environment where they can be involved in a wide variety of play activities. Each session is planned to provide a range of activities which will be appropriate to the individual child to help stimulate the learning and

development of the children.

The Nursery staff also aim to generate a stimulating environment with colourful displays on the walls for children.

LANGUAGE & LITERACY

In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening, and by hearing and responding to stories, song and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing, and when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books be able to handle them and be aware of their uses, both for reference and as sources of stories and pictures.

PERSONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self–respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings of others. All children are given opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and it property.

MATHEMATICS

By means of adult-supported practical experience, children become familiar with the sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use mathematical vocabulary identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready ,to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.

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