Thursday, 27 September 2012

I Can!!

Helping myself to a drink of water
Being Positive and saying "I can" is of the utmost importance for young children in all aspects of their lives. It's all about developing their personal social and emotional wellbeing. It helps them understanding who they are, respect others and their environment, form and sustain relationships, begin to understand emotions and develop positive dispositions to learning. Good personal, social and emotional development gives children the best opportunity for success in other areas of learning.
Choosing to get on the horse
When they start nursery school, children bring with them a variety of personal and social skills, values and attitudes. They acquire these relationships and experiences within the home and the immediate environment. It is important that these are recognised. We give children the time that they need to settle into their new surroundings.
At this stage, our staff establish good relationships with both the children and their parents.

We help children gain confidence in what they do.
Selecting my name label to add to my painting
This can be achieved through simple gestures like allowing them to make choices and help each other; encouraging them to organise their own play, including tidying up; giving them independence at snack time; and having them put on their own coats or wellies.

Fostering confidence and self-esteem in children will help them to feel valued as individuals and develop independence.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The World Around Us

Observing closely....
Our curriculum outlines the experiences children should be given to observe and respect living things, discussing the importance of handling them with care and sensitivity, for example by helping to attend to indoor and outdoor plants or by helping to look after mini beasts, a wormery or bug box.

From their earliest days, children try to make sense of their world. They are naturally curious about their environment and the people around them and frequently ask questions. They enjoy using their senses to explore the immediate indoor and outdoor environments. Through their natural curiosity and by providing them with a wide variety of activities and experiences in play, children begin to develop a range of skills and concepts including observation, experimentation and free exploration of their surroundings.