How Your Child Learns

Our provision is child-centred which means that children spend much of their day engaged in self-directed learning. The majority of the day is free-flow, meaning children choose to engage in a range of different activities, indoors and outdoors. Children engage in activities independently and with their friends, as well as taking part in adult facilitated activities that are planned from children’s interests and developmental needs.

We believe that at this young age children learn best through a play-based curriculum, with support from our experienced staff team who engage with children in their play to support social interaction, language development and further learning opportunities.

Some key attributes we seek to develop in children include self-confidence, problem solving and independence.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

National ‘Development Matters’ Policy

Regular updates on how your child’s progress

Each term parents meet with their child’s Key person and contribute to identifying ‘next steps’ for their child’s learning and development. We encourage families to contribute to children’s Scrapbooks with photos, drawings and comments from outside of nursery.

Settling in – a crucial time

We believe that ‘settling in’ is a crucial part of a child’s time at the Children’s Centre. We want all children to have time to form a relationship with their Key Person (and possibly Co-Key Person) before they are left at nursery without family members. To this end ‘settling in’ always happens slowly over a period of one to two weeks, depending on the child’s age. During this time the child’s Key Person works very closely with the family to slowly extend the time the child spends at nursery without a parent or carer.

We always carefully explain our approach to settling in when a family accept a place in the nursery and at the home visit. To find out more please see our Settling in Policy.

"For my family it has been a fantastic safe and engaging place to come, a weekly event to do as a family"

- Claudia, a parent talking about Stay and Play at the Children's Centre