We follow the Early Years Foundation Framework which is broken down into seven areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Sharing and taking turns
- Enjoying the company of friends
- Learning to behave responsibly
- Interpreting emotions and feelings
- Developing a positive sense of themselves and of others; acquiring social skills and a positive disposition to learn, by provision of experiences and support. We take into account children’s emotional wellbeing to help them to know themselves and what they can do.
- Joining in with activities using their large muscles for example when running, jumping and climbing
- Enjoying small muscle activities like cutting and painting
- Learning about health and safety
- Drawing lines and circles to develop gross motor skills
- Clearly communicating toiletry needs and being aware of the need for hygiene
Communication and Language
- Using non-verbal and verbal language to communicate with others
- Listening to stories with increasing attention and recall
- Beginning to understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions
- Beginning to use complex sentences to link coherent thoughts
- Using language as a powerful method of widening contacts
- Developing a positive relationship with books and creation of stories
- Beginning to link up sounds and letters
- Making marks and beginning to give them meaning
- Understanding, with assistance, that written symbols carry meaning, becoming aware of the purpose of writing and, when ready, using drawn and written symbols for themselves
Expressive Arts and Design
- Using simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Creating movement in response to music
- Using resources to create props to support role play
- Playing cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative
- Beginning to use representation to communicate,for example drawing a line and then stating that they have drawn a line
- Engaging with number songs and rhymes
- Exploring shapes and patterns in play
- Using measures, for example during cooking, sand and water play.
- Engaging in solving real life problems like completing jigsaws, playing matching games or solving puzzles
- Becoming familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting skills that form the basis for mathematics
- Learning and using their developing mathematical understanding to solve problems. They will be assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics e.g. identifying objects by shape, position, size, volume, or number. Songs, games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and, when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as addition.
Understanding of the World
- Discovering the world through play
- Learning about ITC through the use of computers and phones
- Understanding the passing of time and their place in the world
- Participating in a range of cultural activities
- Exploring and experimening with a range of natural and manufactured materials. Learning to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities and how to share and record findings.
Fusion of traditional Montessori areas of learning with the EYFS:
|Practical Life||Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development|
|Culture||Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding of the World|
|Sensorial||Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development|
We will carefully document your child’s development and progress, which will be recounted by verbal feedback on a daily basis. We encourage attendance of pre-scheduled meetings biannually. The purpose of these meetings will be to inform you of your child’s progress in regard to the Montessori curriculum and the Early Learning Goals of the Foundation stage.
Extended learning at home would be very much encouraged – anything from academic matters and nurturing curiosity to toilet training.
We actively encourage parents and carers to participate in events at the nursery and also invite parents and carers to come along and chat to the learners about their own jobs and hobbies.
We respect the role that parents play as the most important individuals in your children’s lives; therefore we want to develop a close working relationship so that we constantly meet the needs of both your child and yourself at this very significant stage of your child’s development.
We encourage parents to be aware of aims, policies and procedures. Our open door policy encourages parents to share information with us and vice versa.