Our Curriculum

In September 2008 the government introduced the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. It is a stage of children’s development from birth to five years. Our highly qualified teachers along with the learning team carefully plan daily activities following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, which is the statutory standard, outlined and put forward by the Department for Education. This is done to ensure that your child is offered a wide variety of stimulating but enjoyable activities, which will empower growth both academically and socially.

It is a coherent and flexible approach to learning. Play is vital for children, giving them the opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and to understand the world around them. It is also important not to push or pressure children so they remain keen learners, feel safe and secure.

Parents can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning. The principles which guide the work of all early years practitioners are grouped into four themes

A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive Relationships
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling Environments
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

Parental contact
We believe that parents of children at our nursery are the primary educators of their children and should be centrally involved in their child’s experiences and development.

In educating children of this age, close communication between nursery and parent is very important. The school holds regular Parent’s Evenings but parents are also encouraged to discuss any matters that might affect their child’s welfare and development with the Nursery manager or member of staff.

A fantastic way in which we help parents personally feel a part of their child’s development process is via regular updates on the website, along with newsletters. These apparatuses provide innovative ideas on how to support your child’s learning and along with any events that are scheduled to take place.

“With the help of technological advancements Little Scholars is proud to offer parents and carers with a secure online portal that has a regularly updated progression path for each child"

Using a state of the art Tapestry software tool the secure online portfolio is easily accessible at all times. The portal records your child’s activities, their learning journeys, progression and observations made by staff. We encourage parents and carers to join us at various events that we hold throughout the year, and to accompany us on field trips so that they can be an active part in their child’s educational transition.

Please visit the following links for more information on the latest EYFS

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/e/eyfs%20statutory%20framework%20march%202012.pdf

https://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=104249&p=0

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

At Little Scholars, we promote British values by making children aware of

Democracy
Listening to each other’s views- children, parents and staff
Individual liberty
Children are allowed to make choices- open toy cupboards and low level toys so children can choose
Children choose which fruit they would like to eat at snack time
Mutual respect
Supporting each other and learning rules such as sharing, turn taking, routines, rules and boundaries in the nursery, using kind words
Staff encourage children to co operate with rules and help them understand how to respect by talking about how our actions/words can sometimes harm others
The rule of law
Staff help children learn rules and boundaries in the nursery and the world around us and children understand that rules are there to protect them
Staff have high expectations of the children
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Celebrating festivals and cultures and including all children
Making food from different cultures