Fun, Learn, Play

FUN

Dad’s ‘Stay and Play’ – we have free sessions just for Dad’s on selected Saturday mornings. A great change for Dad’s to learn more about how the Nursery operates, the fun equipment we have and the learning experiences their children have at the Nook.

LEARN

Our Curriculum

As an Ofsted registered Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage when planning for the daily activities we provide.

The EYFS sets out what your child can/should be expected to learn during their early years and focuses on how their healthy development can be supported through play.

There are 7 areas of learning and development that work together to support a child’s all round development.

3 prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

4 specific areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy

How We Support Learning At The Nook Nursery

Listening to the interests of every child

Building new skills from what the children say or do and what parents tell us the child does at home

Child-centred learning in a way, and at a rate that, engages and absorbs the child’s interest and preferences guided by the Nursery and parents to bring out the fullest potential.

Family Approach to Learning

Children learn at the Nook in family sized small groups, not warehouse style large classes. We have time to make a sound observations for the Prime Areas of Learning. Children come to trust our staff and can feel confident to talk through their ideas and express themselves freely to, making a clear path through to the specific areas of learning.

School Readiness

At The Nook we understand what a big part the Nursery plays in preparing children for the important transition into school. We aim for children to be school ready in social skills, knowing how to make friends, play in a cooperative way, share and take turns. School means communicating with lots more children of different ages, and more adults, speech and language skills are key at development issues at the Nook. It is a myth that having your child at a primary school nursery increases their chances of getting a place at that school. It is much better for your child to go to school ready for that big environment than rush the process.

Partnership with Parents

Parents know their children best, we aim to support you as their first and most important teachers. We want to be part of your team providing your child’s education. We have key practitioners to link home and Nursery, you and your child will build a close working relationship with us through informal daily handovers, regular catch ups with your child’s key practitioner and we will welcome your contribution to their Tapestry journey, online learning journal.

As your child develops – “What should parents expect when”
https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf

 

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Community Spirit and Celebrating Diversity

At the Nook we pride ourselves on being a part of our local community and enjoy outings to the local park, library and shops. We organise trips that are further afield and have enjoyed time together at the theatre and nearby beach, where all are invited. The Nook train adventure from Durrington to Littlehampton and a walk to the beach if often their first experience of a train ride. We celebrate cultural and faith events through the year respecting and valuing the beliefs and traditions of our diverse local community.

Eco-school

We aim to be a sustainable nursery and are committed to using our environment as a place where children can practise and make sense of all the things they see around them that make society Eco-Friendly. To name just a few, these include recycling, conserving water and making our own compost.

We have enrolled to be part of the global Eco-School Scheme and are well on our way to achieving our Silver award, having already received our bronze, which means these principles are becoming firmly embedded within our curriculum and the different activities we provide.

We grow potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes and other seasonal food in our own vegetable patch. The children help plant and take care of the harvest ready to enjoy at snack time.  It’s amazing how children will eat food they have tended, picked and prepared when they will not go near that food at home….did you know that at the Nook, celery is ‘rocket fuel’, and everyone eats them.

Play

The Prime Areas of Learning

Personal, Social & Emotional development. This is all about how children form relationships with others and how they develop an awareness of themselves, build confidence and manage their feelings and behaviour.  At the Nook children are encouraged and supported to form friendships with other children and develop a trusting bond with practitioners, especially their keyworker.  Children are supported to make free choices from the range of resources and activities available, building independence, confidence and a sense of responsibility.  Play, stories and everyday situations are used to help children begin to talk about how they are feeling, how to manage those emotions in a positive way and become kind, considerate and respectful of others.  As they play together, they are supported to share, take turns and begin to negotiate and solve any problems that should arise.

Communication & Language development includes the ability to listen, understand and communicate verbally and non-verbally.  The Nook is a language rich environment in which children are encouraged to interact and talk with each other through everyday play and routines supported by practitioners who model and extend their communication skills. The owner of the nursery, Sharon also holds a Level 2 qualification in British Sign Language. Activities such as enjoying stories together, singing and circle times help to develop important listening skills and encourage children to take turns to talk and listen to each other. We use British Sign Language to support children with their understanding and communication skills.

Physical development includes how children develop their skills in moving around, handling objects and developing their awareness and independence in self-care. Children at the Nook are given the opportunity to explore and build on their physical skills safely both inside and out. Our spacious garden allows children to access a range of play equipment that encourages movement such as climbing, balancing, scooting and building all under the close supervision of our practitioners.  ‘Finger gym’ activities such as playdough, threading and using tongs help children to develop their hand-eye co-ordination and finer manipulative skills. Pencils, paintbrushes and other age appropriate tools are available for children to use, along with support from practitioners on how to use them safely.  Children are encouraged and supported to be as independent as they can in their own everyday care routines such as putting on their own shoes and coats, using the toilet and washing their hands. We develop an awareness and help children to understand and make healthy choices during snack and lunchtime routines.

The Specific Areas of Learning

Literacy – the development of early reading and writing skills. At the Nook we foster a love of books and reading. We have a selection of story and information books throughout the nursery for children to access freely on their own, with a friend or practitioner. We also have daily group story, singing and rhyme time sessions where the children can enjoy a story together and join in and share ideas. Children select their own name cards on arrival to put with their photo and are encouraged to display their names with work that they have done. We have a book share scheme where children can borrow a book from our ‘library’ box, on a weekly basis, to share with their family at home.  Children are given many opportunities to explore mark-making in a variety of ways including with chalks, crayons, paints and shaving foam using tools such as paintbrushes and pencils as well as fingers and hands.

Maths – the understanding and development of numbers, shape, space and measuring. At the Nook we use everyday play and routines as an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of numbers such as counting how many children at the snack table, ‘how much for the ice-cream?’ in the role play shop or singing number rhymes as well as planning activities to explore and develop a particular concept . Children find out about shape, space and measure as they play with a variety of freely available resources such as building with different construction materials, exploring water, sand and playdough or making ‘soup’ in the mud kitchen.

Understanding the world – people and communities, the world and simple technology.  Children are encouraged to talk about their family and home and share any news or exciting events with their friends and practitioners at nursery.  Walks and outings offer the children the opportunity to find out about their local community and have included trips to the library, shops and park.

As we work towards becoming an Eco school the nursery is helping the children to develop an awareness of the environment and actively encouraging them to take responsibility by sorting their own waste food and packaging into re-cycling and compost bins at snack and lunch times.

As we work towards becoming an Eco school the nursery is helping the children to develop an awareness of the environment and actively encouraging them to take responsibility by sorting their own waste food and packaging into re-cycling and compost bins at snack and lunch times.

Children are naturally curious, and our vast garden is an ideal way for them to explore and observe nature closeup. The different areas of the garden provide opportunities for the children to investigate and find out about many aspects of the natural world including where to find minibeasts, the weather, changing seasons, planting and looking after vegetables. Indoors we have a ‘pet’ snail and a variety of fish for the children to observe and talk about. Children have had the chance to develop an understanding of lifecycles as they have observed caterpillars turn into butterflies and watched incubated eggs hatch and chicks emerge.  Resources such as remote-control cars and wind-up torches give the children an early understanding of simple technology.

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Children are naturally curious, and our vast garden is an ideal way for them to explore and observe nature closeup. The different areas of the garden provide opportunities for the children to investigate and find out about many aspects of the natural world including where to find minibeasts, the weather, changing seasons, planting and looking after vegetables. Indoors we have a ‘pet’ snail and a variety of fish for the children to observe and talk about. 

Children have had the chance to develop an understanding of lifecycles as they have observed caterpillars turn into butterflies and watched incubated eggs hatch and chicks emerge.  Resources such as remote-control cars and wind-up torches give the children an early understanding of simple technology.

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Expressive art and design – how children explore different media and marks and how their imagination develops. At the Nook we offer a range of materials for children to explore and use, they are encouraged and supported to express themselves and develop their imaginations in a range of ways following their own interests. This could be through drawing, painting, model making, small world, role play or using props to act out a favourite story.  Children join in with singing times and explore music and movement, they find out about rhythm and how sounds can be changed as we play various instruments.

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