Acorns - Nursery 2/3 Year Olds 2022 - 2023
Welcome to Acorns!
Lead Practictioner: Mrs Payne
Teaching Assistants: Miss Woodford, Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Garner
Uncovering the magic and potential of each child
The first five years of a child’s life are crucial years that construct and provide firm foundations for future learning; this is a time for momentous growth with brain development at its peak.
At Kelsall Nursery we understand that quality early childhood experiences, interactions and environments are critical to support the developing brain. Therefore, we provide a nurturing, responsive and broad curriculum to support the holistic development of each and every child to ensure they unlock their potential and develop a love for learning.
Tailor made provision
Nursery is the first stage of a child’s journey at Kelsall School, from day one the education and care is tailored to a child’s individual needs, starting with the settling process. We recognise that the uniqueness of children should be celebrated and valued therefore we work closely with families to personalise their transition to nursery seeking to achieve a smooth, fun and enjoyable experience for all.
Each child is designated a member of staff as their own key person. The key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children and building strong relationships with parents and carers. They strive to develop a nurturing and responsive relationship with all children in their care, providing emotional warmth and feelings of security. This allows children to explore and play freely whilst feeling safe within the environment.
Be ready, willing and able!
To be effective in their learning, focus is placed on children being ready, willing and able to learn; we focus of the processes of learning as opposed to heavily placing emphasis on the outcomes.
The characteristics of effective learning enable us to empower children to have the confidence and self-belief to try new things and master skills during play that develop life-long learning. Concentrating on how children learn by supporting their wellbeing and learning strategies enables them to be more self-reliant, active learners who can exercise control over their own lives.
Our Early Years Curriculum
Our Early years curriculum at Kelsall is designed to provide educational programmes that sit under the 7 areas of learning outlined in the statutory framework. We aim to provide a rich curriculum to support and promote the holistic development of each and every child at Kelsall Primary and Nursery School. In preparation for the Pathways to Write methodology we choose a number of key texts alongside songs and poems, to support and promote emerging language and literary skills and this can sometimes further impact other areas of our provision as the children become engaged in exciting opportunities. Our curriculum is flexible to enable us to appropriately meet the needs of the children in our setting. The curriculum map gives examples of this but in reality, the possibilities are endless, it all depends on the children!
Our curriculum is creative, adaptable and responsive to the needs, interests and wants of each child in our care to ensure they develop a ‘love of learning’ at an early age, building firm foundations for future success.
We identify that for children to learn effectively, the provision must be tailormade to the interests, needs and motivations of the children who attend it. We recognise that the uniqueness of children should be celebrated and valued therefore we work closely with families to personalise their nursery experience to make it meaningful, exciting and motivating.
Intrinsic motivation is key in enabling children to engage in deep and meaningful learning experiences. When children are displaying high levels of wellbeing and involvement, this is when the magic happens!! We use the Leuven scales to measure levels of wellbeing and involvement to maximise young children’s potential and reflect on practice.
To be effective in learning, focus is placed on children being ready, willing and able to learn. At the end of children’s time in the Early Years at Kelsall, we aim for them to be independent, creative, resilient and autonomous little learners. We place focus of the processes of learning as opposed to heavily placing emphasis on the outcomes and the EYFS considers these qualities through the characteristics of effective learning.
The characteristics of effective learning enable practitioners to empower children to have the confidence and self-belief to try new things and master skills during play that develop life-long learning. Concentrating on how children learn by supporting their wellbeing and learning strategies enables them to be more self-reliant, active learners who can exercise control over their own lives. Focussing on how children learn, supports them to develop their emotional and cognitive ability that will give them sufficient knowledge and understanding, that will enable them to have ‘control over their lives’. Recognising these characteristics in daily observations ensures that practitioners can plan purposeful play experiences in relation to children’s needs and interests to support children to construct positive attitudes to learning that will last a lifetime.
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